The UVM Medical Center Visitation Policy

You have the right to choose who may visit you while you are in the hospital.  We don’t restrict or deny visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or disability.

Visits from family and friends can play an important role in the healing process. 

General Visiting Hours

Daily: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
For information, call 802-847-0000

Fanny Allen Campus

Monday - Friday: 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Birthing Center and Mother/Baby Unit * please see specific information below
Intensive Care Units

Specific visitor and family hours are posted on each ICU unit. Visitors and family members will receive a copy of each specific unit's visitor information or will be informed of the visitation policy upon arrival. Visiting may be addressed on an individual basis by the nurse caring for the patient.

McClure 5 - Cardiology

Daily: 12 noon - 8 p.m.

Please keep visits brief and quiet.

Baird 5 Pediatrics - Vermont Children's Hospital

* please see specific information below

Shepardson 3 Daily: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Shepardson 3 and 6 - Psychiatry

Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Children under 14 are only allowed if the visit is planned in advance with the patient's social worker and if it fulfills therapeutic goals. If approved, visiting children need to be in the patient's room at all times. Visits by children should be limited to one hour a day.

Mother/Baby Unit - Shepardson 5

Daily: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

All visitors must be in good health and 12 years of age or older to visit the unit. Children under 12 who are siblings of the new baby may visit during visiting hours with adult supervision. A limit of three visitors at the bedside at all times. If patient’s room has double occupancy, support person/partner cannot stay overnight.

Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center - McClure 7

A limit of three visitors in the birthing room at a time, including the primary support person and two others that can rotate throughout the labor. Additional visitors may wait in the visitors lounge at the entrance of the birthing center or main lobby. No children under 13 years of age are allowed in the delivery room unless they are siblings to the newborn. Siblings 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. (This adult and child count as one support person. This adult cannot be the main support person.)

Visitor(s) may be asked to leave the delivery room by the nurse/physician/midwife to ensure patient safety. One support person is allowed in the operating room during a C-section—except in an emergent situation. One support person is allowed in the labor room during epidural placement.

Visitors should not bring food into the patient's room unless approved by the laboring woman.

Baird 5 Pediatrics - Vermont Children's Hospital  

Vermont Children's Hospital Baird 5 Pediatrics Inpatient Unit strives to balance patient safety and family-centered care. Throughout different times of the year it becomes less or more restrictive. Major influences on the policy include presence of flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Current guidelines for Baird 5 visitation:

  • Parents are part of the healthcare team and are not considered visitors.
  • Two visitors are allowed at bedside at any time. They can be rotated throughout the day and do not have to be the same two visitors.
  • Until the end of RSV season (usually late spring/early summer) no visitors under 12 years of age. (Exceptions may be made for long-term patients.)

The unit secretary/licensed nurse assistant at the desk will provide a basic screening for all visitors upon arrival to the floor. They will screen for illness and exposures, and our hand-washing policy will be reinforced.

The UVM Medical Center Weapon and Gun Policy

In the best interest of public safety, all weapons (guns and other dangerous or deadly weapons) are prohibited in all facilities associated with The UVM Medical Center, excluding those of law enforcement personnel.

Anyone possessing such items will be asked to secure them in their vehicle until they leave the property. Explosives are not permitted on any of The UVM Medical Center properties and The UVM Medical Center staff will not accept any type of explosive material for safekeeping.

For additional information call (802) 847-0000 or contact us online.