Visiting a Patient at Tallahassee Memorial
We strongly encourage visitation by family, friends and clergy for our patients. This added support, comfort and love are just as important to the healing process as the exceptional care we provide. Please understand, visitors may be asked by staff to leave, especially if a patient is having a procedure or needs rest, or due to disruptive behavior.
If you are sick or show any symptoms of a communicable illness or disease, we ask that you not visit the hospital. Also, due to infection control guidelines, children under a certain age may not visit specific areas, as indicated below.
For the health and safety of our visitors, the use of tobacco is not permitted on our campus including the grounds and parking lots.
If you have any questions or need directions while you are visiting, the information desk is located inside the atrium. Colleagues are available to assist with directions and any other information you may need.
General Visiting Hours
General Visiting Hours are from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Intensive Care Unit
The number of visitors and the length and frequency of visits to the ICU will be determined by the patient's conditions and wishes. If you plan to stay in the hospital after 9 p.m., ICU staff members can help you obtain the required visiting pass.
So that we can prepare your family members for visitors and insure the privacy of all our patients, we ask that you use the phone outside the unit before entering. When present, the hospital volunteer in the waiting room will coordinate visiting in the unit. During change of shift, we ask that you give nurses an opportunity to assess the patients with a minimum of interruptions. Shift changes are 7-8 a.m., 3-4 p.m., 7-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.-12 a.m.
Unless special arrangements are made with the nurses, we ask that visitors be limited to those closest to the patient and that there be no more than two visitors in the room at one time.
Visitors to the Women’s Pavilion should enter from the first floor and leave the building from the same location. To ensure the safety of our newborns, all visitors with the exception of siblings and individuals with a baby ID band must check in at the security desk. Visitors must present a valid form of identification to be issued a visitor’s badge. A spouse or significant person, who wears the baby identification band after the birth, is welcome 24 hours a day and may spend the night in the mother’s room.
Siblings and other children are welcome to visit but will need to be accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
Visitors and family members are not permitted to sleep in waiting areas.
Triage/Antenatal Testing/Recovery Room
Due to space and privacy concerns, we request that only one person accompany the patient at a time.
Antenatal Care Unit (ACU)
Four visitors other than the spouse/significant person may visit the patient at a time.
After 9pm only the spouse/significant person (no children) may stay with patient over night.
Labor and Delivery
In Labor and Delivery, a patient may have up to four support people (besides your spouse or significant person) in a birthing room at one time. During the first hour after birth, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy newborns remain skin to skin with the mother for bonding and initiation of breastfeeding. During this time, we recommend that only the spouse and/or significant person be with the mother.
Family Care Unit
On the Family Care Unit, visiting hours are from 10am-1pm and 4pm-9pm daily. We request some downtime for our patients so that they can rest, recover and have time for patient and family education. During visiting hours, four visitors may visit the patient at a time.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Levels II and III
Information regarding visitation guidelines in the NICU will be provided to the parents upon admission.Visitors must be designated by the parents. Two designated visitors at a time are allowed in NICU III. Three designated visitors at a time are allowed in NICU II.