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Visitor Access to the Hospital and Patients

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Our goal at the University of Chicago Medicine is to provide a safe and healing environment for patients, family members and other “partners of care" of the patient and family.

We know how important family members and significant others are in the care and recovery of our patients. We encourage unrestricted patient-directed visits. The patient or health care proxy can decide the kind of visits that are best for the patient.

The University of Chicago Medicine is committed to making sure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation according to what the patient prefers. UChicago Medicine does not restrict, limit, or deny visitation based on age, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical disability or mental disability.

Visitors may include, but are not limited to, spouses, domestic partners, different-sex and same-sex significant others, different-sex and same-sex parents, other family members, friends, and persons from a patient’s community.

Visitor Responsibilities

All visitors must be respectful to the care needs of all patients in the hospital and meet the following guidelines.

  • Voices and noise must be kept at a minimal level, especially at night.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient area, no waiting in hallways or other patient rooms.
  • All children must be with an adult who is not the patient.
  • Visiting children must be well behaved.
  • If a patient is having a procedure or involved in a private matter visitors will comply with requests from the caregiver or patient to leave or wait in another area.
  • Visitors will be respectful of property and surrounding areas by cleaning up their items and keeping them out of the way of caregivers and patient access.

Visitor Guidelines

  1. Friends, family and caregivers of patients of the University of Chicago Medicine may visit 24 hours a day and seven days a week, as long as it does not get in the way of patient care and safety.
  2. Patients may have visits from visitors of their choice. Patients have the right to refuse a visitor or ask a visitor to leave at any time. Patients with a physical or mental disability may receive visits from family, friends, and others, consistent with the University of Chicago Medicine non-discrimination policy.
  3. UChicago Medicine does not restrict, limit, or deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation physical disability or mental disability.
  4. Each visitor will be given a visitor pass by University of Chicago Medicine Public Safety Staff at the entrance points. Visitor passes will have the date of the visit and location of the person being visited. All visitors will be checked against the visitor list and visitor restriction list.
  5. Access may be restricted for the safety and health of a patient or visitor and for infection control.
  6. Visitors under age 18: Children are allowed to visit when directly supervised by an adult, other than the patient. There may be other requirements in special areas of the hospital. Check Visitor Access Information for additional instructions.
  7. Visitors may be asked to complete a health screening form before they enter a patient room. This is to ensure that the visitor is free from any illness that may be harmful to a patient.
  8. Visitors to the Comer Children’s Hospital and Women’s Care Center must have a photo ID such as a driver’s license or state ID. All visitors will be checked against the visitor list and visitor restriction list. Check Visitor Access Information for additional instructions.