Visitation Policy and Visiting Hours

Visitation Policy and Visiting Hours at Fletcher Allen

You have the right to choose who may visit you while you are in the hospital.  We don’t restrict or deny visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or disability.

Visits from family and friends can play an important role in the healing process. Find details below about visiting patients at Fletcher Allen.


General Visiting Hours

10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily

For information, please call 802-847-0000

Fanny Allen Campus

4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Birthing Center and Mother/Baby Unit * please see specific information below
Intensive Care Units * please see specific information below
McClure 5 - Cardiology

12 noon - 8 p.m. daily

Please keep visits brief and quiet.

Baird 5 Pediatrics - Vermont Children's Hospital

The visiting policy on our Vermont Children's Hospital Baird 5 Inpatient Unit strives to balance patient safety and Family Centered Care. At different parts of the year it becomes less or more restrictive. Major influences on the policy include presence of flu and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

These are the current guidelines for Baird 5 visitation:

  • Parents are part of the health care team and are not considered visitors.
  • 2 visitors at bedside at any time - can be rotated throughout the day and do not have to be the same 2 visitors.
  • Until the end of RSV season, usually late spring/early summer, no visitors under 12 years of age. Exceptions may be made for long-term patients.
  • The unit secretary/licensed nurse assistant at the desk will provide a basic screening for all visitors upon arrival to the floor. They will screen for illness and exposures, and our hand washing policy will be reinforced.
Shepardson 3 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily
Shepardson 3 and 6 - Psychiatry

8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily

Children under 14 are only allowed if the visit is planned in advance with the patient's social worker and if it fulfills therapeutic goals. Children need to be in the patient's room at all times. Visits by children should be limited to one hour a day.

Mother/Baby Unit - Shepardson 5

Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

All visitors must be in good health and 12 years of age or older to visit the unit. Children under 12 who are siblings of the new baby may visit during visiting hours with adult supervision.

A limit of three visitors at the bedside at all times.

If patient room has double occupancy, support person/partner cannot stay overnight.

Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center - McClure 7

A limit of three visitors in the birthing room at a time. This includes the primary support person and two others which may rotate through out the labor.

Additional visitors may wait in the visitors lounge at the entrance of the birthing center or main lobby.

No Children under 13 years old in the delivery room unless they are siblings to the newborn.

Siblings 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. This adult and child count as one support person. This adult can not be the main support person.

Visitor(s) may be asked to leave the delivery room by the nurse/physician/midwife to ensure patient safety.

One support person allowed in the operating room during c-sections – except in an emergent situation.

One support person allowed in the labor room during epidural placement.

Visitors should not bring food into the patient's room unless OK'd by the laboring woman.

Intensive Care Units

Specific visitor and family hours are posted on the unit.

Visitors and family members receive a copy of each specific unit's visitor information, or are informed of the visitation policy upon arrival.

Visiting may be addressed on an individual basis by the nurse caring for the patient.

Weapons and Gun Policy at Fletcher Allen

In the best interest of public safety, weapons are prohibited in all facilities associated with Fletcher Allen Health Care.

With the exception of Law Enforcement personnel, guns and other dangerous or deadly weapons are prohibited, whether they are displayed openly or concealed.

Anyone possessing such items will be asked to secure them in their vehicle until they leave the property.

Explosives are not permitted on any Fletcher Allen property and Fletcher Allen staff will not accept any type of explosive material for safekeeping.