Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Patients have a right to visitors.  Patients have the right to choose who may visit them during their hospital stay or to have a support person present during their outpatient visit.  The patient also has the right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time.


Gulf Coast Medical Center does not deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability of the patient, patient’s support person or representative or the patient’s visitors.  The hospital reserves the right to waive this policy and/or to make adjustments to meet the special needs of the patient and/or family.  The hospital must consider optimal patient care, infection control, confidentiality and privacy, as well as security. 


Visitors are restricted to the lobby area, waiting rooms, cafeteria, patient room and exam rooms.  Signage is in place to assist visitors in locating patients.


The patient, family, support person, or his/her legal representative may determine specific visiting restrictions, which shall be honored whenever not in conflict with the visitation policy. 


Medical and nursing personnel may waive the visiting hours policy when there is a change in the condition of the patient, or if required to appropriately care for the patient.


Visitors will be expected to follow all isolation precaution procedures as posted on the patient’s door or as communicated by the patient’s nurse.  When hospital personnel detect an obvious sign of infection in a visitor, the patient’s nurse, Nurse Manager or designee will take appropriate protective measures.


GENERAL HOSPITAL VISITING HOURS are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Intensive Care Unit:

Only two visitors at a time.

Children may visit with adult supervision.


      Acute Care/3 South:

Children may visit with adult supervision. 


      Emergency Room:

One visitor per adult patient is permitted.

Visitors should remain in the treatment area with the patient.  Other persons accompanying the patient should wait in the waiting room. 

If the patient is a minor, both parents may remain in the treatment area.


      Ambulatory Surgery:

One visitor per adult patient is permitted.

If the patient is a minor, both parents may remain in the pre and post operative areas.



BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT VISITING HOURS are Monday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and Sunday from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Since this is a secure/locked unit, please see below for details regarding access and visitation, as well as items allowed on the unit.

*    Use the phone at the visitor kiosk at the front entrance of the hospital to call the unit. The patient’s private access code must be given to BHU personnel in order to be admitted to the unit.  Once code is confirmed, a member of the BHU staff will come to the first floor waiting area and escort the visitors up to the Group/Activity room.

*    Only two-three visitors per patient.

*    No visitors under the age of 18. 

*    Persons suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on the unit.

*    The patient has the right to refuse visitors.

*    Visiting is in the dayroom only.

*    All visitors must sign in on the visitor’s log located at the BHU nursing unit.

*    No food or drinks are permitted on the Behavioral Health Unit.

*    Please leave all valuables and belongings at home as you will not be permitted to bring them on the unit. ANY ITEMS BROUGHT IN MUST BE CHECKED IN AT THE NURSES STATION.

*    The following items are never allowed on the Behavioral Health Unit:


                        Cell phones

                        Sharp objects of any kind

                        Plastic bags

                        Metal coat hangers

                        Any protection devices (knives, guns, etc.)

                        Glass items


                        Radios/walkmans/iPods/headphones or any type of recording device


                        Wear shirts with hoods

                        Lighters/matches/anything flammable

                        Tobacco products including smokeless products

                        Aerosol cans

                        Mouthwash products with alcohol

                        Electrical devices