Hospital Visiting Hours

Hospital Visiting Hours

Due to COVID-19, please read the temporary visitor restrictions, here.

Visitors can be good medicine for patients.  Family members and friends are welcome to visit.  However, patient care is our primary concern.  In order to enhance the quality of care, general visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm are in place to meet the needs of our patients.  In all areas of the hospital except the Intensive Care Unit, children are welcome during regular visiting hours.  If you need additional information or would like to stay past visiting hours, please check with a nurse. 

4.6_HospitalVisitingHours.jpgThe following departments have specific visiting guidelines:


Parents may visit and any time and one parent may spend the night.  Hospitalized children are encouraged to rest or nap between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm.  Relatives may visit from 2:00 pm-8:00 pm.  For the protection of the patient, we ask that visitors refrain from coming if they are sick or have been exposed to a contagious disease such as chicken pox, cold or flu.

Outpatient Surgery

Two family members may remain with the patient.  However, we ask that all other remain in the main lobby where they can be informed of the patient’s progress as information is received from the operating and recovery areas. 

General Visiting Regulations

  • Visitors are asked to stop by the nurses’ station for any special instructions before entering the patient room
  • Visitors should always knock and ask permission before entering the patient room
  • Visitors may not smoke on any campus of North Ottawa Community Health System
  • Visitors must dress appropriately and must wear shirts and shoes
  • No more than two visitors are allowed at the bedside at one time.  Visitors in semi-private rooms should be considerate of both patients.  Occasionally, nursing staff may limit visitors due to medical necessity. 
  • People with colds, sore throats or any contagious diseases should not visit patients. 
  • Visitors should maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests or treatments or when the doctor or nurse needs to be with the patient.