Guidelines for Visiting Loved ones at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Very few things make a child feel comfortable in a hospital like a visit
from a loved one, which is why East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
both encourages visits and offers liberal visiting hours so friends and
family can support our patients.
As a parent, you are permitted to stay by your child’s side for the
duration of his or her stay with us. Please note that we limit overnight
stays from parents to one parent only, unless you receive special permission
from a nurse.
Additional visiting guidelines:
- Ministers may visit patients at any time except when treatment is being
given or some other prohibitive circumstance prevails. Chaplains are available
24 hours a day to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients,
families and staff and to consult on ethical issues.
- Patients are not permitted to leave their floor to visit other floors,
the cafeteria or Gift Shop without written permission from the physician.
- To allow you and other patient families to rest, incoming telephone calls
to your room will be limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Flowers and other delivered gifts are welcome, but we ask that you not
give patients rubber or plastic balloons because of the choking hazard
they present and possible latex allergies. Mylar balloons are fine. Please
be sure to give your child's full name and floor location to outside
- If you have lost an item at Children's Hospital, please call the hospital
switchboard at (865) 541-8000. The switchboard operator will ask you in
which area of the hospital the item may have been left and will then forward
your call to the appropriate department. Every attempt will be made to
locate the owners of lost articles, but if the articles are not claimed
within 30 days, Children's Hospital will dispose of the items.