Visitation Policy

Updated March 13, 2023

Stony Brook University Hospital welcomes visitors to our hospital. To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors, we do require the following.

Each patient is allowed to have two visitors (ages 12 and older) at one time between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm, and visitors will be able to switch out throughout the day. Exceptions will be made for visitors of:

  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
  • Patients with cognitive impairments, including dementia, that are deemed medically necessary
  • Patients in imminent end-of-life situations or who need compassionate care

Patients who are COVID positive will be allowed one visitor for one hour per day.

All visitors are encouraged but no longer required to wear a mask throughout all buildings and facilities of Stony Brook Medicine. Additionally, visitors will be required to show photo identification. Acceptable forms of photo identification include a driver’s license, passport, green card, government-issued ID and U.S. military ID.

At the end of the visit, all visitors are asked to check out at the designated visitor kiosks in the hospital lobby to allow for the next visitor to come to the unit.

Mask Guidelines

After careful consideration and following the masking guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health, patients and visitors are encouraged but no longer required to wear masks inside all hospitals, buildings and facilities of Stony Brook Medicine with one exception. The Long Island State Veterans Home continues to require that all employees, volunteers, students and visitors wear a mask when in a resident or registrant care area.

Additional Visitor Guidelines

  • Emergency Department: One visitor per patient.
  • CPEP: Virtual visitation for adults. Children and adolescents will have visitors with team approval and at specific times as needed for each patient.
  • 12N: One visitor per child per visiting session.
  • 10N: Two visitors per session, no switching of visitors.
  • Outpatient and Procedural Areas: Two visitors.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Two visitors are permitted (one must be a parent). Visitors must be ages 18 and older.
  • Pediatrics/Pediatric Oncology (PONC)/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): Two visitors are permitted per patient (ages 12 and older), which includes the parent/guardian at one time between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm. Additionally:
    • Both parents may be present at the bedside from 7 am to 11 pm.
    • Only one parent/guardian may be present from 11 pm to 7 am. Swapping between the two visitors after 11 pm is allowed.
    • For patients who are COVID-19 positive, only parents/legal guardian are permitted to visit.
  • Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby: Two visitors (no visitors under age 18).

Patient Deliveries/Gifts
At this time, we are not accepting deliveries for patients. This includes deliveries from local florists, Amazon and UPS to name a few.

When visiting patients, visitors are allowed to bring items, such as Mylar balloons (we do not allow latex balloons) or floral arrangements (we do not allow potted plants). In most areas of the hospital, these items are permissible with the exception of our intensive care units (ICUs) and/or if the patient has a restriction based on their treatment or diagnosis. Before the visit, it is best for visitors to check with unit staff to ensure the patient is permitted to have items brought to their room.

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

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