At Children's Mercy, parents are essential members of their child's health care team and are not considered visitors. This role is important because parents know their child best. Parents and guardians will be given an orange wristband which welcomes them 24 hours a day. Visiting hours for friends and siblings are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
All adults are required to have a driver's license or some other form of ID to enter the hospital. Adults will then be given a sticker to be worn while in the hospital. All visitors must be screened for illness before visiting any inpatient unit.
Effective Wednesday, January 18, visitors (including siblings) 12 years old and younger will not be permitted to visit inpatient units due to a continued increase in respiratory viruses.
See an overview of our inpatient visitation policy.
Visiting Quick Tips provided by the Family Advisory Board:
- Call Ahead: Families may need private time or have other visitors at the hospital when you arrive. Checking for the best time to visit shows respect for their famlily time. It avoids missing the patient if tests, therapy, or surgeries are scheduled. Excuse Yourself: Sometimes it is necessary to step out of the room in order to let the patient carry out certain tasks that require privacy. This also includes when doctors or nurses enter the room.
- Never Bring Food or Drink unless previously discussed and approved by the family or the child’s physician. Many patients are not allowed to eat or drink for extended periods of time.
- Supervise Young Visitors With You: Respect the patient you are visiting and other patients by constantly supervising children. Children should always be with an adult, whether in the patient room or play room.
- Limit the Visit: A break is usually welcomed by our families. But long visits and lots of visitors can be too much for both the patient and family.
- Wash Your Hand: Remember to wash your hands before entering the patient’s room to reduce the spread of germs and infections.