Emergency Department Entrance Open Only for Emergency Department Patients

In order to help keep our patients and staff safe, the Emergency Department entrance is reserved for ED patients only. Patients with appointments in other buildings should enter through the front entrance of the building in which they have an appointment, on the Harrison Ave. side of the building.

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Directions and Transportation

Boston Medical Center is located off of Route 93 in Boston's Historic South End. The medical campus is situated across several city blocks between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street and Massachusetts Avenue and East Newton Street.

Updated January 3, 2022

Boston Medical Center's priority is the safety of our patients, employees and visitors. To balance the needs of our patients with ensuring we have a safe hospital, visitors will be limited due to COVID-19. 

    Adult Inpatient and Intensive Care Units

    • COVID-negative med/surg patients will be allowed to have one visitor at a time, between noon and 7 p.m. ICU patients may have two visitors at a time without time restrictions.
    • Visitors are allowed for COVID positive patients in end-of-life situations only. For patients with COVID-19 who are at end-of-life, limited visitors using the appropriate PPE as directed by the clinical team will be allowed.
    • Adult end-of-life patients are permitted to have one overnight visitor. Each patient may have more than one  visitor during their stay, but not more than one visitor per night. Patients staying in double rooms must have overnight visitors reviewed with the nursing team.
    • End-of-life patients may be allowed multiple visitors. Where there are multiple visitors here to visit the patient, only two visitors will be allowed at a time. Higher numbers may be briefly permitted for special circumstances with approval of unit nursing leadership and the clinical team. Visiting hours for end-of-life patients may be extended at the discretion of the nurse director for the unit.
    • Children who can mask are permitted with permission from the care team in the intensive care units and for end-of-life patients only.

    Ambulatory Clinics

    • One visitor per person is allowed during an Ambulatory clinic visit.

    Pediatric Inpatient/NICU

    • For pediatric patients, including NICU patients, two parents/guardians may visit. Visitation is allowed 24/7.

    Labor and Delivery

    • One support person is allowed during the patient’s delivery and postpartum stay.
    • Children under 18 years old are not permitted to visit.

    Emergency Department

    • Adult Emergency Department: No visitors are allowed.
    • Pediatric Emergency Department: One parent/guardian allowed with the child.

    Surgical Services

    • No visitors are allowed for patients undergoing surgery unless the patient is a minor, incarcerated, or with a personal care attendant.

    All Visitors

    If a visitor exemption is granted:

    • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older (except in the situations described above) and will be screened for symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection. Visitors who are sick or have any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, or new onset of loss of taste and smell) may not visit under any circumstances.
    • All visitors will be provided a surgical mask upon arrival and are required to wear the mask continually until they leave the building, as well as practice hand hygiene and social distancing.
    • Visitors will be instructed to stay in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit.
    • Patients will be asked to wear masks for the entire time they have visitors in their rooms.

    Visitor Policies in Multiple Languages 


    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.