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Methodist Hospital Visiting Hours and Policy

Visiting Hours
Visitor hours at Methodist Hospital are 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hospital and Facility Visitor Policies

EFFECTIVE April 3, 2022:


Masks are not required for Methodist Health System patients, visitors and health care staff in public or patient care settings, regardless of vaccination status (COVID-19 and/or influenza). This includes Methodist acute care hospitals, ambulatory venues and home health locations.

Please note:

  • Individuals may choose to continue to wear masks.
  • Regulatory mandates will supersede any relaxation in masking requirements.
  • All staff and providers who are asked by a patient to wear a mask are expected to do so.
  • This does not apply to masking requirements for other purposes, including patients, staff and visitors in respiratory/droplet/airborne isolation and employee health return-to-work requirements.

Visitors and Support Persons

Cancer Center:

  • There are no restrictions on the number of support persons allowed to accompany a patient at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Hospital-Owned Clinics and Outpatient Diagnostics.


  • There are no restrictions on the number of visitors for patients during regular visiting hours.
  • In Surgical Care Settings, two support persons are permitted in the waiting areas during regular visiting hours at hospital locations.

Emergency Departments:

  • The Emergency Department (ED) allows up to two visitors/support persons to stay with an ED patient. Additional visitor restrictions may apply, as determined by the patient care team. 

Critical Care and Other Specialty Units:

  • Critical care and other specialty units may have additional visitor-specific guidelines.

Additional Information

  • Patients receiving end-of-life care as determined by the care team are an exception to the policies above.
  • Additional exceptions may be discussed with the facility's administrative personnel or infection prevention experts.
  • It is the expectation that family and visitors are free of communicable diseases and comply with infection control regulations and other Methodist Health System policies and procedures.
  • Family or visitor presence may be limited during times of seasonal and/or transmissible illness in the community
Cafeteria and Gift Shop
Visitors are encouraged to stay in the patients’ rooms and waiting areas, but may access the cafeteria, coffee shop and gift shop.
Patient and Visitor Services
Learn about additional patient and visitor services, such as interpreters, spiritual care and service animals.