Visiting Policy and Hours

For their safety, children younger than the age of 12 cannot visit you in the hospital. Children may not be left unattended in any part of the hospital.

Doctors Community Hospital visitors will enjoy equal visitation privileges consistent with your preferences and subject to the hospital’s justification of clinical restrictions.

Some of these restrictions include:  

  • A court order limiting or restraining contact
  • Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to you, hospital staff or others in the immediate environment
  • Behavior disruptive to the functioning of the patient care unit
  • Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at one time
  • Your risk of infection by the visitor
  • Visitor’s risk of infection by you
  • Extraordinary protections because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
  • Substance abuse treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation
  • Your need for privacy or rest
  • You are undergoing a clinical intervention or procedure and the treating healthcare professional believes it is in your best interest to limit visitation during the clinical intervention or procedure

In all patient care areas except the Critical Care Center, visiting hours begin at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. daily. Only two visitors per patient are permitted at a time. Visitors must be ages 12 or older.

Critical Care Center visiting hours are 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Visitors must be ages 13 or older. When the announcement is made that visiting hours have ended guests must leave the Critical Care Center waiting area. Exceptions can be made by the director of the Critical Care Center or the administrative nursing supervisor.

We do not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation on the basis of race, color, national origin, English proficiency, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

You may refuse or deny visitors at any time by letting the nursing staff know of your decision. Your decision can be shared through your representative and/or support person. If you believe that your visitation rights have been violated, you may file a complaint by calling x5555 from any bedside telephone or 301-552-0899 from an outside telephone.