Visitor Guidelines 

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are open. Family and friends can visit patients at any time as decided by the patient and based on their care needs.

Philosophy & Guidelines

Hamilton Health Sciences recognizes that family and friends play an important role during a patient’s hospital stay and can contribute to a positive patient experience and positive health outcomes. That’s why Hamilton Health Sciences does not have specific visiting hours.

For the safety and well-being of everyone in the hospital, there are some general guidelines that we ask you to follow:

-Rest and sleep are important for our patients. You may need to shorten visits if the patient is tired and needs rest.
-Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, or a new rash.
Children are not restricted by age but must be supervised by an adult, other than the patient, at all times
Your visit may be interrupted to provide patient care. We ask that if care is being provided by the care team that you wait until they are finished to visit.

Visitors are reminded to be respectful of the privacy and considerations of other patients and families in close proximity or who share the same patient room. There may be times when the care team needs to limit the number of visitors.

We are latex-free, fragrance-free and smoke-free

For the health of patients and staff, please do not bring latex balloons or other latex products to the hospital. Latex balloons are prohibited in all HHS facilities as they can cause allergic reactions in some people. Alternatively, MYLAR (shiny foil) balloons may be brought into the hospital.

Please do not bring or wear perfume, cologne, scented soaps, creams or hair spray. Please use deodorants in moderation.

Smoking is a serious health hazard and all HHS hospitals are smoke-free facilities. Visitors, patients and staff are not permitted to smoke in any of the hospital's buildings, or anywhere on hospital property, including parking lots, garages and vehicles.Provincial law also prohibits smoking within nine metres (30 feet) of any hospital entrance. Hospital security and municipal by-law officers enforce these restrictions.