Visitor Information

Effective April 1, 2021

The New York State Department of Health has updated its guidance on visitation to hospitals and has allowed each hospital to adapt these guidelines accordingly. For now, Stony Brook Medicine is continuing to limit visitation as part of a gradual, phased approach.

Given the high incidence of COVID-19 that remains in Suffolk County, we must continue to restrict our visitors to prevent any risks of spreading the disease. Also, as the region’s only academic medical center, Stony Brook Medicine treats patients with very complex conditions, often with a greater severity of illness. We take this responsibility very seriously and hold ourselves to high standards. The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority.

At Stony Brook, two patient support persons are permitted at the patient bedside for:

  • Patients in Labor & Delivery (includes a doula)
  • Pediatric patients
  • Patients in imminent end-of-life situations

Requests for support person visitation are only approved after a clinical assessment of the patient has determined that the visit is medically necessary.   

One person is also permitted for:

  • Patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient (medically necessary), including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia
  • Patients receiving a same-day surgical procedure. Due to limited space and the need to social distance, you may accompany your loved one until the procedure begins. You may wait outside or in your car and we will contact you upon completion of the procedure to return to the patient at discharge.
  • Patients in the Inpatient Child Psychiatry unit (between the hours of noon and 1 pm and 5 to 6 pm)
  • Patients visiting the outpatient offices of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center

Visitation continues to be restricted in the Emergency Department*, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).

*Exceptions will be made for patients with intellectual, developmental or other cognitive disability, and patients in imminent end-of-life situations.

We know that visits from family members and friends are important part of patient care and understand the tremendous effect they have in the healing process of patients. We are continuously assessing the situation and will make any updates as events change. We realize that this is an extremely challenging time for you and your loved ones in the hospital and appreciate your understanding so that we can ensure a safe environment for our patients, staff and the community.

For all approved visitation:

  • Provide us with your name and telephone number at the Information Desk in the event contact tracing is required.
  • You are discouraged from coming into the hospital with any type of large bag (tote bag, backpacks, overnight bags, etc.).
  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth. Masks will be provided by the hospital. You must wear your masks the entire visit, including while in a patient’s room. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.
  • You will undergo symptom and temperature checks via thermal scanning when entering the hospital (please remove hats). You will also be asked health screening questions. 
  • Remain in the patient’s room for your entire visit. You will not be permitted in other common areas, including the lobby, Starbucks, Panera, Jamba Juice or the cafeteria.
  • Practice good hand hygiene and wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient’s room.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet throughout the visit.

During this time when you cannot be with your loved ones in person, please connect with them through the patient’s bedside phone, cell phone, FaceTime or other means of communication. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Patient Advocacy at (631) 444-2880.  

Thank you for your support in helping us to provide a safe and healing environment for everyone.