General Guidelines/Information for Families and Visitors

Visitor Guidelines
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  • Visiting Hours: Visiting hours at Brenner Children’s Hospital are based on the individual needs of the patient. There are no set visiting hours.
  • The hospital will not restrict, limit or otherwise deny family presence or visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
  • All family members, visitors, and clergy must have permission of the parent/legal guardian to enter the nursing unit and/or patient’s room, even when parents are present.
  • Families will be asked to provide to staff a list of persons who may visit, in order to ensure the privacy and safety of our patients, families and staff.
  • Restrictions: When the condition of the patient indicates restrictions are necessary for the patient’s welfare and recovery, additional visitation guidelines will be provided to the family.
  • Family members/visitors will be asked to wash their hands before and after spending time with a patient. Family or visitors who have recently experienced fever, rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory infection, chicken pox or any other communicable disease are subject to visitation restrictions. 
  • No more than two visitors at a time (excluding parents and siblings) may visit in the patient’s room. Exceptions may be indicated due to patient condition or request. 
  • Visiting children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Overnight: Accommodations are provided for one parent, or parent-designated visitor who is at least 18 years old (may not be boyfriend or girlfriend of patient). Three quiet rooms are available for parents in the critical care units. Outside hospital accommodations include Ronald McDonald House and local hotels.
  • Family members/visitors who demonstrate behavior that is disruptive, disrespectful or threatening to staff, patients or other visitors will be asked to leave at the request of the patient and/or staff.

Brenner News and Highlights 

Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.


Head Hits Can Be Reduced in Youth Football; Study Shows Limiting Contact in Practice Makes Difference

Less contact during practice could mean a lot less exposure to head injuries for young football players, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Virginia Tech.


Ranked in 12 Medical Specialties, Wake Forest Baptist is among the Nation’s Best Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

For the 21st consecutive year, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is listed among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The online magazine released its annual national ranking of the country’s premier hospitals, earlier today.


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