The purpose of this policy is to create a supportive, caring and healthy environment for patients while promoting optimal patient care.
It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to allow patients to have visitors without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, culture/cultural values, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.
As outlined in Patient Rights and Responsibilities, every patient has the right to decide who can visit.
Visitors are welcome
As part of the healing process, we welcome families, caregivers, friends and other visitors. A caregiver or loved one (age 18+) may stay with MD Anderson patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For additional visitors, the recommended hours are between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Your health and well-being comes first. All visitors over the age of 2 years old, must wear MD Anderson issued masks in designated patient care areas. Visits may be limited by the care team for the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees. Speak with a member of your care team if you have specific visitation needs.
Larger groups are encouraged to use the patient/family lounges during the recommended visitation hours.
To ensure the safety and comfort of our patients and visitors:
- Visitors should bring and carry a photo ID with them.
- One overnight visitor is allowed in a patient room.
- Overnight stays by visitors are not permitted in the waiting rooms, lobby areas or other public spaces in MD Anderson.
- For safety reasons, visitors under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult (other than the patient), even in waiting areas, and are not permitted to stay overnight.
Some units and patient areas may establish specific guidelines for the safety of patients in their area. For example, the Children’s Cancer Hospital has specific recommended visitation times and guidelines. They will continue to ask visitors and caregivers to check in at the G9 welcome desk when they arrive.
Ask a member of your care team if you have questions.
Children are welcome to visit patients at MD Anderson as long as they are with an adult.
Children may visit public places and non-restricted areas of the hospital. Children may visit your room if there are no medical concerns.
Designated waiting areas allow visitation with children under 13 for patients in the following areas:
- Inpatient Leukemia units
- Leukemia specialty care unit
- Inpatient brachytherapy unit
- Pre-operative, pre-procedure and recovery areas
- Intensive Care Units
- Acute Care Cancer Center
COVID and COVID pending patients
Patients with COVID or pending COVID results will be asked what two visitors they wish to have on their visitation list. These two visitors may visit anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn as per guidelines.