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Visiting Hours

HCGH is a family-centered facility and we recognize the important role family and friends play in the healing process. We try to make our visiting hours as flexible and patient-directed as possible.

There are some areas where patient request, clinical needs or unit logistics require visitation restrictions. Speak to your nurse about any limitations that might exist in your area. General visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we request you abide by our quiet hour guidelines from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

With the your consent, a family member, friend or other individual  – who may or may not be your surrogate decision maker – may be with you throughout your stay, as long as it does not conflict with a medical or safety issues. You may also refuse visitors at any time.

For your safety, we strongly recommend that anyone who is ill should not visit you.

If a visitor displays unsafe, threatening or aggressive behavior, security measures will be taken to protect our patients and staff.

All visitors must receive a visitor’s pass from the Information Desk in the hospital lobby and must wear the badge while in the hospital.

It is the policy of Howard County General Hospital to prohibit visitation discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disabilities. This non-discrimination policy applies to all facilities and programs of the hospital.

General Visiting Hours

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visiting hours and rules for specific units

Some areas have more restrictive visitation guidelines based on the nature of the clinical care they deliver. The following guidelines have been established for visitation:

Labor and Delivery
  • Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day.
  • Husbands/significant others are encouraged to stay throughout the labor experience.
  • In Triage, one support person is allowed. In Labor, visitors are limited to four.
  • Visitors must be in good health or wear appropriate protective materials when necessary.
  • In the event of a C-section, one support person is welcome in Pre-Op, the OR and PACU.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who is not the patient. Children count toward the visitor limit.
Maternal Child Unit
  • Fathers or designated companions may visit at any time and must wear a numbered baby bracelet as an identifier.
  • Grandparents, siblings and other partners in care may visit between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Exceptions made on a case-by-case approval of the charge nurse or manager).
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who is not the patient.
  • Visitors must be in good health or wear appropriate protective materials when necessary.
  • The NICU allows parents to visit 24 hours a day. Two may visit at a time, with one being a parent or individual designated by the mother for independent visits. Additional visitors may wait in the family waiting room located immediately outside the NICU.
  • All visitors must strictly adhere to infection control practices throughout their stay.
  • Siblings older than 2 years may visit and must be supervised by a parent and be free of communicable diseases.
  • Parents are encouraged to stay with their children 24 hours a day. In lieu of a parent, any adult authorized by the parent may stay with the child.
  • For the safety of our patients, we discourage visitors under the age of 12, who often have increased exposure to community-acquired viruses.
Intensive Care Unit
  • We ask that no more than two people at a time are at the bedside due to space constraints. A family waiting room is located immediately outside the Intensive Care Unit.
  • Although we do not restrict the amount of time of visits, there may be times when visitors are asked to step out of the room for safety, medical or therapeutic reasons according to the individual’s plan of care.
1 North/Psychiatry
  • Standard visiting hours are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week and additionally 1 to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. Visiting will occur in the day room, interview rooms or alcove. Visiting in the patient rooms is not permitted due to safety and confidentiality issues.
  • Visiting hours may be individualized as appropriate to the plan of care. Support individual(s) of the patient’s choice will be included in meeting with the patient and care team regarding the plan of care unless medically or therapeutically contraindicated.
  • Phone communication is available at all times except during group sessions and after 10 p.m.
Emergency Department
  • Families are welcome to stay at the patients’ bedside as long as the patient is in agreement.
  • If the patient’s clinical condition requires, we may have to ask visitors to step out of the room.
Perioperative Services (Surgery)
  • Due to space constraints, visitation at the bedside will be limited to two visitors per patient.
  • Visitors will be permitted as soon as the patient’s status is deemed stable in the post anesthesia care unit.
  • There may be times when visitors are asked to step out of the area for short periods to protect the confidentiality of others or for medical or therapeutic patient care reasons.
  • Both parents of a child 18 years of age or younger may stay at the bedside at all times
  • One parent of a child 18 years of age or younger may accompany their child to the operating room/procedure area until induction of anesthesia is complete.

Restrictions may apply on various units, so please discuss visiting guidelines with a member of the unit's staff.