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Visitor Policies and Hours

We know it's important to the loved ones and family members of our patients to be able to visit them when they are hospitalized.

The following visitor policies and procedures ensure a safe environment for our patients, visitors, faculty and staff.

Visitor check-in and identification policy

When you arrive at UCI Medical Center or University Hospital Tower, please check in at reception at the main entrance of either building before going to your destination. You will receive a visitor pass, which grants you access to all public areas of the hospital.

This pass must be visible at all times while in either building. 

Designated visitors

Patients may designate a visitor. This designated visitor has access to the patient 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are also responsible for controlling access to the patient by family and friends.

Visiting hours

  • General visiting hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m., except for the hour between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. for a shift change.
  • Critical care units: Visiting hours in critical care units are limited. Please contact your nurse for guidelines.

Overnight stays

If you would like to arrange an overnight stay with a patient, check with the patient's physician or nurse. We encourage family members and others to stay with patients who are in labor.