To ensure the safety of patients and personnel throughout our hospital, we require that every visitor stop at the admitting office to pick up a Visitor’s Pass. Since visitors may be asked at any time to display the pass, we encourage them to place the pass on their clothing while visiting and to return them when they leave. Generally each patient may receive two visitors at a time.
It is the policy of the hospital to provide Open Visitation for patients and families except for Behavioral Health Services (see below).
There is a designated Quiet Time for mothers and babies from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where visiting is restricted. In the Neonatal ICU (7A), parents/identified support persons are welcome round the clock.
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx will not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. It is the patient’s right to receive the visitor they designate including but not limited to a spouse, a domestic partner (including same sex domestic partner), other family members, or a friend. All visitors designated by the patient or support person, where appropriate, shall enjoy visiting privileges that are no more restrictive than those that immediate family members would enjoy. If the patient is incapacitated, it will not interfere with the patient’s visitation rights. The hospital will maintain the right to restrict visitors when clinically necessary and shall explain to the patient or patient representative as applicable the reasons:
When it is necessary to maintain privacy.
When visitors are at the risk of being exposed to an infectious disease.
When the visitors’ presence poses a direct threat to the patient, hospital staff, or others.
When lifesaving care is needed and the visitor becomes an obstacle (i.e., cardiac arrest).
When there is an existing court order.
When the patient is in protective custody.
When the patient is a prisoner.
Any other situation when limitation of visitation is necessary.
Patients are provided with information about visitation and restriction on admission. Patients maintain the right to withdraw or deny consent to visitors at any time. Patients also have the right to request to be excluded from the patient information directory.