Visiting Hours

We welcome friends and family members to visit patients during their stay at UNC Medical Center.

General Visiting Hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Please note that children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and may only visit during approved hours. Before visiting, children must be screened for a contagious illness by the staff on the patient care unit.

Children are restricted from visiting all intensive care units, patients on isolation and patients on Protective Precautions unless they have a physician’s order.

Special Visiting Hours

The following units have special visiting hours: Burn Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate and Intensive Care Nurseries, Psychiatry, and the ICU Waiting Room.

Please contact Patient Services at (984) 974-4131 to plan your visit.

Visitor Passes

A visitor pass may be required during your visit to UNC Medical Center. If you are visiting outside of normal visiting hours or if you are visiting a patient who is a minor you will need a visitor pass.

Certain units in the hospital also require a visitor pass at all times. These units include the N.C. Children’s Hospital, N.C. Women’s Hospital and psychiatric units.

Visitor passes can be obtained from the Guest Services information desks located in the N.C. Women’s, N.C. Children’s and N.C. Cancer Hospitals. With the exception of the N.C. Cancer Hospital (Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays) these information desks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For adult visitors, please provide a photo ID when requesting a visitor pass.

For additional questions or concerns, contact Guest Services at (984) 974-0709.

Visiting the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

For the patient’s security and privacy, the PICU is locked at all times. Visitors should use the phone located outside of the PICU to contact the nursing staff and request permission to enter. Two people may visit with a patient at a time.

The PICU does NOT allow family members (or their designee) to visit between 7  a.m. - 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. These two hours allow our medical team time to efficiently exchange information during shift changes. There may be other times when visitors are asked to leave for a brief period of time in order to provide care; these circumstances will be explained should they arise.

All PICU patient rooms are private and family members are welcome to stay with the patient throughout the day and evening (with the exception of the times noted). For family members wishing to spend the night with the patient, there is a specially-designed sleeper chair located in each room for your comfort and convenience. Please note that only one family member is permitted to stay overnight.