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Visitor Policies

Updated June 30, 2020

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.

All Visitors

  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older 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.
  • Visitors are not allowed for patients with COVID-19.

Adult Inpatient

  • Adult inpatients may designate one visitor who is permitted to visit daily throughout the hospital stay. Visiting hours: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Visitors must check in at the nursing station before entering the patient room. 

Pediatric Inpatient/NICU

  • For pediatric and NICU patients, one parent/guardian may visit. Visitation is allowed 24/7.   

Labor and Delivery

  • One support person is allowed during the patient’s delivery and postpartum stay.

Ambulatory Clinics

  • There are no visitors allowed in any Ambulatory clinic with two exceptions:
    • A parent accompanying a child who has an appointment.
    • A caregiver accompanying a patient who is disabled, elderly, or otherwise needs a caregiver.

Emergency Department

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

Surgical Services

  • There are no visitors allowed for patients undergoing surgery with two exceptions:
    • A parent accompanying a child.
    • A caregiver accompanying a patient who is disabled or otherwise needs a caregiver.


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.