Visiting Policy

We believe that families, friends and others who provide support are important for a patient's healing process. In fact, they are a vital part of the health care team. Patients admitted to any Dartmouth-Hitchcock facility or being seen at any Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinic or other community site may have visitors at any time. However, there may be time when visits need to be limited. We always keep the patient's safety and healing as our focus.

In order to provide a safe, quiet healing environment for our patients, we may ask families and visitors to adjust their visit times. In those cases, we use the following guidelines:

  • There may be times when visits by family and friends are not in the best interest of the patient or others in their environment, such as when they or their roommate are in need of more rest.
  • If there is an outbreak, such as the flu, visitors may be limited. Visitors may be told about necessary precautions and given directions to follow for that situation.
  • Keeping noise levels low is important to promote a healing environment. (Be sure to speak in hushed tones when you visit.)
  • Please be aware of the number of visitors at any one time and the level of noise.
  • For their safety, visiting children must be supervised by a visiting adult.
  • While we cannot routinely accommodate overnight stays by minors under the age of 18, we recognize there may be special circumstances. (Please feel free to talk with us about your needs.)
  • Some care units may have specific requests for visitors in order to create the best healing space for their patients. Please consider the length and hour of your visits.

If you have questions about our visiting policy, please contact Patient and Family Relations. We are happy to discuss your concerns.