HOUSTON — In one of the largest medical centers in the world, the coronavirus is changing how some of Houston’s hospitals do business.
This is the most recent information we have regarding visitor hours, but you should call your hospital ahead of time to double check.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
MD Anderson will no longer allow visitors on any of their campuses.
There will be special circumstances when a single adult visitor will need to accompany a patient.
Limited exceptions for outpatient care include: Pediatric patients, and adult patients with neurocognitive issues and/or who are unable to consent for themselves.
Limited exceptions for inpatient care: Pediatric patients; imminent end-of-life patients based on the clinical team’s assessment; visitors who are already serving in a constant care capacity and who have been at MD Anderson’s inpatient hospital since before the new policy begins; patients with cognitive and physical frailties as submitted by attending physician and nursing.
Visitors authorized to remain must be willing to participate in daily screenings for COVID-19 and to shelter in place and keep a constant presence.
View a map of patient drop-off and pick-up locations, as well as temporary, free “cell phone” garages for caregivers.
Arrangements have been made for the safe discharge of surgery and same-day procedure patients. Read more about these arrangements.
Memorial Hermann Hospital
UPDATE: Memorial Hermann Health System is further modifying its visitor policy as an effort to continue to protect patients, workforce, caregivers and the community. Effective Friday, March 27, Memorial Hermann will no longer allow visitors to enter their facilities until further notice. This policy modification applies to all Memorial Hermann facilities.
"This decision will further protect our patients and the community from the spread of COVID-19 and help conserve Memorial Hermann’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure our ability to continue providing safe care during this time,"
The following limited exceptions to the no visitor policy will be made and these visitors will be required to clear a health screening before entering the facility. Exceptions may vary by location. They include:
- One visitor for laboring women
- One visitor (parent or guardian) for pediatric patients
- Family members for patients in hospice or supportive medicine
- One visitor for patients receiving emergency care
- One visitor for patients at the time of discharge following a surgery or procedure.
- Patients with a disability or other medical condition who need assistance communicating with staff will be evaluated for potential visitor exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
"Memorial Hermann recognizes the importance of family support in the healing process and is encouraging the use of video chat programs on your personal device to visit with loved ones who cannot visit in person."
HCA Houston Healthcare
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is one of 13 HCA Houston Healthcare hospitals tightening restrictions to two visitors at a time per patient.
Under the new visitation rules, one visitor can stay overnight with laboring mothers, NICU and pediatric patients.
Entry points at all HCA Houston Healthcare hospitals are now staffed to screen visitors based on the health system’s protocols for identifying and assessing for COVID-19. Call your HCA hospital in advance to get the latest on their visitor policies.
- HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake
- HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe
- HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood
- HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland
- HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center
- HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress
- HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest
- HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland
- HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast
- HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball
- HCA Houston Healthcare West
- Texas Orthopedic Hospital
- The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Texas Children's Hospital
Hospitals, including Texas Children’s Emergency Centers, and Specialty Care locations are limited to one visitor over 18 years of age.
Siblings, children or other visitors younger than 18 years of age will not be allowed. There is no childcare available at any of our locations.
Additionally, all patients and visitors will be subject to screening upon arrival. Any ill visitor may be asked to leave.
Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics and Texas Children’s Health Plan – The Centers for Children and Women highly encourage you to limit visitors to one individual over 18 years of age.
To help protect our patients and staff – if at all possible – we ask that you not bring siblings, children or other visitors younger than 18 years of age. Please know, we are here to care for any patient who needs us.
Additionally, all patients and visitors will be subject to screening upon arrival.
Pavilion for Women Patients
Patients only. No additional visitors are currently permitted in the outpatient women’s clinics until further notice:
Baylor College of Medicine OBGYN clinic, 3rd floor
Texas Children's Family Fertility Center, 3rd floor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic, 4th floor
The Women’s Place, 3rd floor
Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, 7th floor
Women's Specialists of Houston clinic, 15th floor
This also applies to all Pavilion for Women community clinic locations:
Pearland OBGYN clinic
All community Maternal-Fetal clinic locations
Labor and Delivery (inpatient)
Patients arriving for labor and delivery are allowed one visitor over 18 years of age. This includes your labor support visitor, such as a spouse or partner. This will be the one visitor for your hospital stay, unless there is a medical indication for the visitor or patient.
Any ill support visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient during labor and delivery and will be asked to leave the hospital.
Please be prepared to designate a new support visitor who is not exhibiting symptoms.
After delivery, no visitor under the age of 18 will be permitted, and only one visitor over the age of 18 will be allowed in a patient’s room at any time.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
The DeBakey VA Medical Center is screening all Veterans, visitors and employees who enter their main medical center and community-based outpatient clinics.
Patients are limited to one visitor and they are asked to wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after visitation.
They are asking veterans with flu-like symptoms to call 713-794-8985 before visiting a Houston-area VA location.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also announced new safeguards to limit the new coronavirus exposure risks to two of its most susceptible patients: nursing home residents and spinal-cord injury patients.
All 134 VA nursing homes across the country, housing more than 41,000 veterans, will not allow any outside visitors to see residents.
The only exception will be in compassionate cases where a veteran is in their last stages of life on hospice units. In those specific cases, visitors will be limited to the veteran's room only.
Houston Methodist Hospital is no longer allowing visitors on its campuses, except for the following exceptions:
- Maternity, postpartum and NICU patients will be allowed one healthy partner or parent.
- Disabled patients will be allowed one healthy visitor.
- Critical patients will be allowed one healthy visitor.
- End-of-life patients will be allowed two healthy visitors at a time.
- Discharged patients will be allowed healthy visitor to assist.
All visitors must be screened, during which they'll be asked questions and have their temperatures checked. All approved visitors will be asked to wear a wristband.
ER patients who are waiting for a COVID-19 evaluation or who have tested positive for the virus will not be allowed to have visitors.
Ben Taub Hospital
A spokesman for Ben Taub said the hospital is screening visitors and will limiting patients to one visitor.
CHI St. Luke's Health
CHI St. Luke's Health said they "are taking steps to limit the spread of the virus and care for those who need it," on their website. They didn't provide any specifics.
Harris Health System
Harris Health System has started screening all patients and visitors to its 48 clinical locations. These individuals will be screened for travel and illness.
They’re also asking patients to limit the number of people accompanying them to only one person. If the patient can’t meet visitor guidelines, the staff will reschedule their appointment for a later date.
HHS runs several facilities such as hospitals, health centers, same-day clinics and school-based clinics. Those include the following:
- Ben Taub Hospital
- Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
- Margo Hilliard Alford Clinic
- Monroe Clinic
- Robindell Clinic
- Sareen Clinic
- Sunset Heights Clinic
- A.C. Taylor Health Clinic
- Goose Creek Health Clinic
- Robert Carrasco Health Clinic
- Sheldon Health Clinic
- Southside Health Clinic
- Riverdale Dialysis
And several others. Click here for full list of HHS locations, operation hours and addresses.
The University of Texas Medical Branch has instituted a no visitor policy at its hospitals that began at noon today, according to a medical branch statement.
The policy applies to patient rooms, the emergency department and waiting rooms, but exceptions will be allowed for a partner or spouse in labor and delivery, for one parent or caregiver in pediatrics and for patients receiving end-of-life care, according to the statement.
Permission for visitors may be given by the patient care team or on a case-by-case basis.