Visiting Hours

Updated Visitor Guidelines

Beth Israel Lahey Health has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep our patients and staff safe. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found here.

Effective Friday, March 25, we are allowing one visitor or Designated Support Person at a time, with up to two visitors per day, between the hours of 11:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Visitor Policy

Effective Friday, March 25, 2022


  • Visitors are not allowed for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
  • All other patients may continue to have visitors, with a maximum of two visitors per day, one at a time. Visiting hours are 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Care teams may consider exceptions for special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.

Obstetric Units (Labor and Delivery, Antepartum, Postpartum)

  • Labor & Delivery Units may have 2 continuous support people during labor and childbirth. Labor support person must be over 18 years of age.
    • One labor support person may remain with the patient as the patient transitions to the postpartum unit.
    • A second person (visitor) may accompany the patient from L&D to the postpartum unit only during established visitor hours (12:00 pm to 6:00 pm).
    • If a patient requires care in the operating room, a maximum of one (1) support person may be able to accompany the patient, depending on clinical circumstances.
    • No additional visitors are allowed.
  • Mother Baby Unit: One support person only may stay overnight on the MBU when space permits.
    • One Designated Support Person plus one visitor (minimum 18 years old) are allowed between the hours of 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Emergency Department

  • One visitor or Designated Support Person per ED visit. No restrictions on visiting hours/time of day.

Ambulatory and Procedural Areas

  • One visitor/essential escort is allowed.
  • Visitor/essential escort must remain with the patient.
  • People waiting for patients must wait outside the building. If you leave a mobile phone number with a member of our staff, that person will call you.

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Grateful Patient Program

Through Winchester Hospital’s Grateful Patient Program, you can honor your physician, nurse or caregiver with a contribution to the hospital. It’s a wonderful way to say thank you for the care you or a family member received.

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Home Care Services

At every stage of life and for every medical need, Winchester Home Care can help, with home care services for people facing challenges of later life stages, with new babies, with disabilities, fighting illnesses, and more.

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Rehabilitation Services

Winchester Hospital offers a variety of rehabilitation services – including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy – to help you get back to your normal routine.