Visiting hours for friends and siblings are 9 a.m. to 9
At Children's Mercy, parents are part of their child's health care team and are not considered visitors.
When you arrive at the hospital, you are required
to have your driver's license or some other form of ID and
sign in to our registry. Adults will then be given a sticker
to be worn while you are in the hospital. There is a parent bed and private bathroom
available in most patient rooms.
See an overview of our inpatient visitation policy.
Visiting Quick Tips provided by the Family Advisory
- Call Ahead: Families quickly lose a sense of
privacy when staying in a hospital. Checking for the best times to
visit shows respect for their family time and 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. Many patients are not allowed
to eat/drink for extended periods of time.
- Keep Young Visitors in Your Control: Respect
the condition of the patient you are visiting and other
patients by constantly supervising visiting children. Children
should always be with an adult, whether in the patient room or play
- Limit the Visit: Respite is usually welcomed
by our families. But extended visits and multiple visitors can be
exhausting to both the patient and family.