James Overnight Visitation Guidelines (The James)

James Overnight Visitation Guidelines (The James)


 We encourage and support visitors for our patients. To balance the needs of our patients and visitors, and to also promote a safe and secure environment, we ask that you follow the guidelines below:

  •  The needs of our patients are the primary reason for deciding whether to allow overnight visitation.
  • To allow time for patients to rest, patients are limited to 1 visitor in their room from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • All overnight visitors must wear a visitation pass between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • You must get the pass from the nursing station on the unit. You will be asked your full name and the room number or patient you have come to visit
    • You must wear the pass above your waist during your visit
    • The pass will expire in 24 hours. A new pass is required for each overnight visit.
  • Our first priority is to care for our patients. If there is another patient in the room, you may be asked to wait in another location.
    • There are a number of areas for you to wait. The nursing staff can show you where these areas are located. Make sure the nursing staff knows where you will be, so they can notify you if the patient asks for you or if the patient’s condition changes.
  • For the safety of our patients, you must obey the signs that restrict the use of cell phones and other radio-transmitting devices in certain areas.
  • To help prevent the spread of infection, wash your hands often. Also, when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or cough or sneeze into your elbow.

Note: There may be exceptions to these guidelines for a special situation approved by nurse management.

Thank you for observing these guidelines for overnight visitation. If you do not follow these guidelines you may not be allowed to visit during these hours. 


© March 26, 2018. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. 

This handout is for informational purposes only. Talk with your doctor or health care team if you have any questions about your care.

For more health information, call the Patient and Family Resource Center at 614-366-0602 or visit cancer.osu.edu/PFRC