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Visiting Hours

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 other guests are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Anyone 17 years of age and older is required to have a driver's license or another form of ID to enter the hospital. You'll be given a sticker to be worn while in the hospital. Visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and not left unattended.

All visitors must be screened for illness before visiting any inpatient unit.

Inpatient Visitation Policy


Children’s Mercy knows how comforting it is for children who need to stay overnight in the hospital for any length of time to have their parents/legal guardians close by. We welcome families as partners in their child’s care.

We've outlined guidelines to ensure patients and families have the best possible experience during their stay.

  • Parents and guardians are welcome to be with their child 24 hours a day.

  • Up to two parents, legal guardians, or authorized adults may stay overnight in the patient's room.

  • Everyone must be screened for illness before visiting any inpatient unit.

  • During times of high risk for infection, there may be some changes in the visitor policy. 

  • Any special considerations will be documented in the patient’s medical record.

We will not deny visitation privileges based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, culture, size, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability or disability.

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 family 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, never bring food or drink during your visit. 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 hands
    Remember to wash your hands before entering the patient’s room to reduce the spread of germs and infections.