Guide for Visitors

VUMC COVID-19 hospital and clinic patient visitor policy now in effect

To protect our patients, staff, and community, we have implemented restrictions on visitation in our hospitals, emergency departments and outpatient clinics.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Be assured that our patients are getting exceptional care from our outstanding physicians, nurses, and staff in a way that protects their safety and that of others.

When your child is staying in the hospital, friends and family may want to visit and help lift your child’s spirits. We agree that visitors can help in healing, so we ask all visitors to follow a few guidelines, found in the Visiting Hours and Guidelines link below, to ensure our patients' safety.


Children's Hospital features special playrooms where your child can have playtime with siblings, including a common-area playroom on the second floor.

Each patient may have up to two visitors in the playrooms at one time, including adults. Brothers and sisters may visit the upper floor playrooms only when accompanying a patient. Parents must always supervise children due to limited playroom space and because of the stress illness can place on all family members.

Intensive care visitation

Visiting the intensive care unit to see a brother or sister can be scary for children of any age. Child Life specialists and nursing staff can help you prepare siblings for this visit. Special visiting hours and guidelines may apply to the NICU, PCCU and Myelosuppression Unit, and for children under special isolation precautions. Please see a nurse or Child Life staff member for help.