Families are essential members of every child’s care team. We know that children do best when supported by people they know and trust, so we welcome family and friends to spend time with their children while they are at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
In most cases, as parents, legal guardians, or family care partners, you can stay with your child anytime, day or night. Other visitors are welcome from 6:00AM until 9:00PM. Please see our guidelines by hospital unit for specific details.
NICU Visitor Guidelines
In response to recent media reports and the New York City Department of Health’s overview of the measles outbreak in the New York City metro area, we have updated our visitor guidelines for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Tisch Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn.
For the safety of your child, at the time of admission to the hospital we ask a parent or legal guardian to fill out an approved visitor list. This list consists of two groups:
parents, legal guardians, and family care partners who can stay with your child around the clock
other family and friends who are welcome during the day
Parents, legal guardians, and family care partners can be with their children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A family care partner is an adult, such as a grandparent or aunt, who has your permission to help care for your child. People in this group may stay overnight in most pediatric patient areas. We do not permit anyone under age 18, including siblings, to stay overnight.
You are invited to select up to 10 additional people who can spend time with your child during the day, but who cannot stay overnight. This can include siblings over age 2 (in most units), other family members, and friends. To ensure a safe care environment, in most cases we ask that no more than two people from your approved visitor list be at the bedside at the same time.
Upon entering the hospital, visitors age 18 and older receive an identification badge. Children under age 18 receive an identification sticker, and they must be accompanied by an adult from the approved visitor list who has received an identification badge.
Proof of vaccination is required for anyone under age 18 who visits any inpatient area of the hospital. Please bring up-to-date records for the child’s first visit.
Visitor Guidelines by Hospital Unit
Different areas of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital have additional visitor guidelines based on the care they provide. These additional guidelines are outlined below.
Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street
At Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, up to two parents, legal guardians, and family care partners may stay overnight in your child’s room, using the foldout bed or recliner for sleep. Given limited space, no air mattresses from home are permitted.
In the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Congenital Cardiovascular Care Unit (CCVCU) Care Unit (CCVCU), and Pediatric Medical Surgical Unit, we often ask that no more than two parents or visitors be at the bedside. That number can vary by situation. Space limitations and patient safety may require our nursing staff to limit the number of people who can spend time with your child at the same time. In certain situations, more than two people can be permitted. Please talk with your child’s nurse for specific information related to your child.
If your child is having surgery, one parent or guardian can ask to enter the operating room with the child. Your child’s anesthesiologist decides whether this is possible. If so, you can stay until your child is asleep.
After your child’s surgery is finished, he or she is brought to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Two parents, guardians, family care partners, friends, or family members may stay at the bedside. Children who visit in the PACU must be at least 16 years old.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tisch Hospital
In response to recent media reports and the New York City Department of Health’s overview of the measles outbreak in the New York City metro area, only parents and legal guardians of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tisch Hospital (NICU) are able to visit. Parents and legal guardians will be evaluated for immunity to measles.
Measles is a virus that can be very harmful to premature and sick infants. As a result, NYU Langone Health is taking this preemptive approach to ensure that all patients, including our tiniest and most vulnerable, are kept safe. Please speak with your child’s care team or call 212-263-6906 if you are in need of advocate assistance.
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
In the pediatric rehabilitation unit at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, one parent, legal guardian, or family care partner can stay overnight with your child. Friends and family on the approved visitor list can visit between 10:00AM and 10:00PM.
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
In the inpatient pediatric unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, one parent, legal guardian, or family care partner may spend the night in their child’s room.
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, we have issued the same visitor guidelines that are in effect at the NICU at Tisch Hospital. Only parents and legal guardians are able to visit, and they will be evaluated for their immunity to measles. Please speak with your child’s care team or call 718-630-7314 if you are in need of advocate assistance.