Family and Friends
Visitors play an important role in the healing process for our patients. UTMB Health allows the patient to choose family members, friends or other individuals to be present for support during the course of his or her hospital stay. The patient also
has the right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time. Visitors are welcome to visit patients; however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the unit charge nurse, who has the authority to determine the number of visitors and length
of visitation, based on patient needs and other unit activities. No exceptions will be based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Because visiting hours or the number of visitors may
be restricted depending on the patient’s condition or type of patient care unit, visitors are encouraged to inquire about area-specific visitation standards.
The Emergency Department entrance is available for visitors entering the hospital between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. A visitor
pass will be issued. Women’s, Infant’s & Children’s units have specific policies to protect newborn
babies and ensure a family centered birthing experience. Ask your nurse about these policies.
Visitors are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner considered consistent with community standards within a hospital environment. Visitors should be considerate of all patients by refraining from loud conversations or any other behavior
that may disturb a patient, and abiding by other restrictions that are either described in this document or posted throughout the hospital.
There are specially designated lounge areas for visitors throughout the hospital complex.