We thank you for making time to visit your loved ones at NYU Langone. To ensure a safe environment for our patients and visitors amid the spread of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, we have updated our visitor policies for all of our locations. As this situation is evolving, please check for updates before each visit.
We understand the important role that family members and visitors play in a patient’s healing process, and aim to balance the needs of patients with maintaining a safe environment for all.
Visitor Policies for Our Inpatient Locations
- Adult patients are not permitted visitors at this time. Exceptions are made by our clinical team only when a support person is medically necessary for a patient’s wellbeing, such as for patients who have cognitive impairment, intellectual disability, or developmental delay.
- Pediatric patients are permitted up to two approved visitors, limited to parents, guardians, or family care partners. Only one visitor at a time may be at the bedside.
- Labor and delivery patients are permitted one visitor throughout the labor, delivery, and postpartum period, which can include a partner, family member, doula, or other support person. The visitor cannot be rotated.
- In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tisch Hosptal (NICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, each infant is allowed up to two approved visitors, limited to parents, grandparents, guardians, or family care partners. Only one visitor at a time may be at the bedside.
- Visitors under age 15 are not permitted. Visitors over age 70 are discouraged due to the increased risk of COVID-19 infection in this age group.
- Visitors will be screened before being permitted to enter patient care areas. Visitors who show signs of illness will be asked to leave.
Visitor Policies for NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
At NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, the following policies are in effect for adult patients.
- Adult patients may be visited by a support person for a maximum of four hours per day, between the hours of 1:00–3:00PM and 5:00–7:00PM. Only one visitor at a time is allowed. Exceptions may be granted by our clinical team when it is medically necessary for a patient’s wellbeing.
- Patients at the hospital for same-day procedures may be accompanied by a support person during the intake process, and the support person may rejoin the patient for the discharge process. Visitors may not wait in the recovery room.
- Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted. Visitors over the age of 69 are discouraged, unless approved by the patient’s care team.
- Visitors are screened for symptoms and given a temperature check when they arrive at the hospital. Those who show signs of illness are asked to leave.
- Visitors must remain in the patient’s room during their visit, and must wear a mask.
Visitor Policies for Our Emergency Departments
In our emergency departments, including Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, NYU Langone Health—Cobble Hill, and the Emergency Department at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, the following policies are in effect.
- Adult patients are not permitted visitors. Exceptions are made by our clinical team only when a support person is medically necessary for a patient’s wellbeing, such as for patients who have cognitive impairment, intellectual disability, or developmental delay.
- Pediatric patients may have one visitor, limited to parents and caregivers.
Visitor Policies for Our Ambulatory and Outpatient Locations
At our ambulatory and outpatient locations, including physician practices, adult patients are not allowed visitors at this time. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one adult visitor. Any visitor who is coughing or shows other signs of illness will be asked to leave. Visitors under the age of 15 are not permitted.
NYU Langone does not restrict, limit, or deny visitation privileges based on age, race, ethnicity, language, national origin, socioeconomic status, mental or physical ability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
During Your Visit
We ask guests to keep their voices low during visits so as not to bother other patients. You should also be considerate of your loved one’s personal preferences—he or she may like short visits, for example, or ask to have a day without guests. Patients know best how much social interaction they need while recovering.
If you plan to care for your loved one after he or she returns home, use your visits to observe our nurses and ask questions. This can help you feel more secure and confident after your loved one is released from the hospital.
Be respectful of the nurses and doctors, as well as your loved one, who may want privacy when being seen by the medical team.
Please be mindful that all NYU Langone campuses, buildings, and exterior spaces are tobacco-free, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and all other smoking devices. Smoking or the use of smoking devices is not permitted anywhere at NYU Langone.
Most of all, consider the needs of the patient. People who are hospitalized need to rest in a relaxed environment. Whatever you can do to encourage your loved one’s recovery may allow him or her to return home quicker.