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Visiting Hours

Preferred visiting hours for all areas are from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, except in the Intensive Care Units, Birth Place and the Rehabilitation Unit. Family and friends can inquire about your condition by calling 617.638.6800 and the operator will provide your room number, location and direct telephone number.

  • Because of special needs of patients in Intensive Care Units, visitors are allowed 24 hours a day and are usually limited to immediate family members. The length of visits and number of visitors may be limited.
  • Visiting hours on the Rehabilitation Unit are Monday-Friday 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, and 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturday-Sunday and holidays.
  • Expanded visiting hours are offered in the Birth Place to accommodate families and new parents. A spouse or significant other is allowed in the unit 24 hours a day and two to three support people are allowed during labor.

Age of Visitors

Visiting children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for supervising the children at all times. Young children should not be left alone in the hospital lobbies while families are visiting.

Visitor's Health

Any visitor exposed to or having a communicable disease (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, impetigo, the flu or a cold) should not visit patients.

Number of Visitors

Since our rooms can quickly become crowded and noisy, no more than two visitors are allowed in your room at one time. We encourage families to discuss scheduling their visits, in order not to overwhelm the patient by visiting all at one time. While support from loved ones is important, we also ask that visitors respect the patient's need for rest during their recovery.

Non-discrimination

BMC is committed to ensuring that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences. BMC does not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Visitors may include, but are not limited to, spouses, domestic partners, both different-sex and same-sex significant others, both different-sex and same-sex parents, other family members, friends and persons from a patient's community.

No Smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited in any hospital building.

Restricted Cell Phone Use

Cellular phones may not be used in patient rooms or procedure areas.

Deliveries of Mail and Flowers

Should be addressed to:

Patient's first and last name
Building and room number
(If you don't know the building or room, call 617.638.6800.)
Boston Medical Center
One Boston Medical Center Place
Boston, MA 02118

To safeguard patients, certain units such as Intensive Care Units and Medical Oncology Units restrict flower deliveries. We encourage you to check in with the nursing staff before sending or bringing flowers.

No Latex Balloons

Latex balloons are not permitted in the hospital. Mylar balloons are appreciated.

Infectious Diseases

For visitors who have been exposed to infectious diseases such as Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis (TB), Mumps or Measles within three weeks of their visit, please speak with the patient's nurse before visiting.

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