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Visitor Policies and Hours

UCI Health has implemented a no-visitor policy for inpatient units at Douglas Hospital and University Tower, Bldg. 1A.

The following exceptions may apply:

  • Families may visit patients receiving end-of-life care during their last hours.
  • Labor-and-delivery patients may have one spouse/significant other accompany them during their stay. No siblings are allowed.
  • Parents with an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit will be allowed to be with their child, one parent at a time.
  • For all other emergency services or procedures, only one support person is allowed per patient. (An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis for emergent traumas.)

In addition, patients scheduled for inpatient or outpatient surgery, or an anesthesia-based procedure, may be accompanied by one visitor or caregiver under the following guidelines:

  • The visitor may accompany the patient only to a lobby area for check-in and preoperative and pre-procedural appointments.
  • All patients and visitors are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry.
  • Masking and social-distancing requirements must be observed at all times.
  • The visitor must leave the premises once the patient is taken to the operating or procedure room.
  • The visitor or designated patient contact will be notified afterward based on the procedure location's usual protocol.

Visitation at other locations

The no-visitors policy also applies to:

  • H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center
  • Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • UCI Medical Center pavilions
  • UCI Health Neuropsychiatric Center
  • Adult Rehabilitation Center
  • The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
  • All community locations

Visitor screening and safety 

Visitors who meet one of the exceptions above are still subject to screening. UCI Health will not permit visitors if they:

  • Have signs and symptoms of illness, including: cough, runny nose, sneezing, fever, sore throat
  • Have returned from any of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) high-risk countries in the past 14 days
  • Have been exposed to a known COVID-19 case
  • Are children ages 15 and under

In all cases, additional visitors are asked to wait away from the medical center in order to comply with county and state public health orders.