Updated COVID-19 Restricted Visitor Policy

The safety of our patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and other staff remain our highest priority. We continue to have restrictions on the number of visitors who may accompany patients in our hospitals and clinics. It is important that we all remain focused on safety measures.

Before entering the building, all visitors must:

  • Bring their own mask and it must be worn at all times.
  • Not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Have a temperature less than 100 degrees F.

Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, and Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital

  • In Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital only, loved ones may visit a patient who has COVID-19 under very strict guidance. Only a single visitor is permitted, and visitation is restricted to 1 p.m.-3 p.m. each day. Questions or concerns should be discussed with the patient's care team. No visitors are permitted for COVID-19 patients in the other hospitals.

  • Patients in the Adult Emergency Department may not have any visitors.

  • Other patients at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital may have 1 visitor in the facility at a time. Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital patients may have 1 visitor per hospital stay.

  • Birthing mothers at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital may also have a certified doula with them for labor and delivery.

  • On a case by case basis, patients at the end of life may have up to 3 visitors.

  • Visiting hours differ at each location. Discuss visiting hours with staff at the hospital.

  • A visitor who stays overnight will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

  • 1 parent/guardian allowed in the facility at a time. Parents/guardians can designate two approved visitors, who can swap out once within a 24-hour period.

  • Exception requests will be reviewed by hospital leadership on a case by case basis.  

Visitation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • In the case of twins, 2 parents/guardians can be present in the NICU at one time, 1 at each bedside.

  • While the mother is in the hospital for post-partum care, she and another parent/guardian or designated support person may visit. However, visitation may be restricted to 1 person at the bedside depending on activity in the unite.
  • In case of mothers/parents with a C-section or other physical challenge, situation-specific exceptions may be made.

Outpatient Facilities (Clinics), Surgery, Radiology and Doctor’s Office Visits

  • Patients may have 1 visitor with no age restrictions.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our patients are getting exceptional care from our outstanding physicians, nurses, and staff in a way that protects their safety and that of others.

Prenatal, Delivery and Post-Partum Care

Because of the special needs of pregnant and birthing mothers, there a few specific different steps we are taking for prenatal visits and labor and delivery at Vanderbilt Health and baby+co. Otherwise, the same policies apply as do for other patients.

  • Prenatal visits: We encourage telehealth prenatal appointments when possible. When an in-person appointment is required, one visitor may accompany the mother. Both must be screened before each visit. This is also true when you come to an ultrasound at a Vanderbilt location.

    Baby+co.’s prenatal appointments differ slightly, and the full policy can be found here.
  • Doulas and partners at birth: 1 adult and 1 certified doula may be present in labor and delivery in Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and baby+co. (subject to screening). The partner can accompany the mother to postpartum and should be the same person with the mother for the entire stay.
  • Masks: All patients are expected to wear masks except when alone in their room, while eating or sleeping. We know wearing a mask during labor can be difficult. If you have specific concerns, discuss them with your provider. Newborns are not masked.
  • Mother-Baby Care: Newborns remain with mothers except when rare circumstances, such as severe illness or fever, make it safer for babies to be separated.  Breastfeeding is encouraged after appropriate hand and chest hygiene

Last page update: October 27, 2020