Visiting a Patient

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital promotes patient-centered care in a clinically safe space and therapeutic environment, while respecting and protecting the rights of patients, their support systems, and Hospital associates. Families and other partners in care are welcome 24 hours a day according to patient preference, clinical needs, and unit-specific guidelines.

Although visitation is encouraged, clinical areas throughout the Hospital may vary in their ability to accommodate visitors in order to maintain a clinically safe space. The number of people welcomed at the bedside at any one time will be determined in collaboration with the patient and family.   

All patients may have access to a primary support person. The primary support person is selected by the patient, designated decision maker and/or family. This person is not considered a visitor and will be welcome at any time. The primary support person may stay overnight (after 9 p.m.) but sleep accommodations will vary throughout the Hospital. To promote an environment of safety and healing, we do not allow the primary support person or other visitors to share the bed/stretcher with the patient. 

Children are welcome to visit any unit or department as long as they are:

  1. Contributing to a safe and respectful environment for all patients.
  2. Continually supervised by a responsible adult other than the patient or hospital personnel. 
  3. Not disruptive.
  4. Not displaying symptoms of communicable illness.

Visitors arriving after 9 p.m. must enter through the Emergency Department. Visitors will be issued an ID badge that is valid for 24 hours.

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak in the community or within the Hospital, visitation restrictions will be imposed and compliance will be mandatory.