Visitation Policy

Effective November 1, 2021

General Visitation to Stony Brook University Hospital
Safety for our patients, their loved ones and our staff is our top priority. Based on guidelines from the New York State Department of Health, we are allowing in-person visitation to our inpatient units. Only two visitors can visit each day per patient between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm. These two visitors cannot rotate with other visitors throughout the day. In addition, patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not permitted to have visitors.

All visitors to Stony Brook University Hospital must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. Results from a self-administered COVID-19 test or positive antibody test will not be accepted.

Exceptions will be made for:

  • Visitors of patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities; patients with cognitive impairments, including dementia; patients in imminent end-of-life situations or who need compassionate care; and pediatric patients
  • The support person for patients in Labor & Delivery

All visitors must adhere to screening, handwashing and infection control guidelines. A mask must be worn at all times, including in the patient’s room.

No eating or drinking is permitted in the patient’s room. However, visitors are welcome to purchase food in the cafeteria, Panera Bread, Starbucks, the Gift Shop and Jamba Juice. They are allowed to eat in the cafeteria and must follow infection control and social distancing guidelines in designated areas.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit patients with COVID-19; however, we will continue to facilitate virtual visitation.


  • Inpatient Adult Psychiatry: Two visitors per patient are allowed from 2 to 3 pm.
  • Inpatient Child Psychiatry: One visitor at a time and up to two visitors per day per patient are allowed from noon to 1 pm and 5 to 6 pm.
  • Psychiatric Emergency Department: After the healthcare team completes a clinical assessment, supervised visitation for children and virtual visitation for adults will be allowed.

Surgical/Procedural Areas
One visitor may accompany the patient.

Emergency Department
At this time, we are not allowing visitors in the Emergency Department (ED). Exceptions will be made for visitation in the ED with pediatric patients, patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia. For these exceptions, one visitor per patient will be allowed at the bedside.

Support Persons
Hospitals permit support persons at the patient bedside as per the NYS Department of Health guidelines for:

  • Patients in Labor & Delivery
  • Pediatric patients
  • 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 in imminent end-of-life situations

Additionally, all visitors:

  • Must provide their name and telephone number at the Information Desk in the event contact tracing is required.
  • Must limit belongings to electronics, necessary undergarments and any specific toiletries for the patient.
  • Will be required to wear a snug-fitting mask (no bandanas or gaiters) that fully covers their nose and mouth while in the facility or will be declined visitation. Ear loop masks will be provided by the hospital.
  • Will undergo symptom and temperature checks via thermal scanning upon entering the hospital (please remove hats). Visitors will also be asked health screening questions.
  • Must remain in the patient room except when entering/exiting the hospital and leaving the patient’s room to eat in the cafeteria.
  • Must practice hand hygiene and wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or sanitize their hands when entering and exiting a patient’s room.
  • When visiting patients with COVID-19, must wear additional required PPE and stop at the nursing station before entering the patient’s room.
  • May be further restricted by any of the following: clinical condition/status at the time of the visit; high risk of transmission to others; guidelines issued by a regulatory agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NYS Department of Health or The Joint Commission); or assessment from the medical team.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time. We know how important family members and loved ones are to a patient's healing process and want to ensure a safe environment for everyone.