To help ensure the safety of all of our guests, patients and all visitors must obtain a visitor badge each day from either the first or second floor information desks. The badges are to be worn and visible (worn above the waist) at all times while visiting our patients.
Parking is available, for a fee, in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital visitor garage located directly across the street. There is a covered walkway on the second floor that connects the visitor garage to the main hospital.
Parking is free for parents, grandparents and clergy, who are visiting in-patients.
We have family participation guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of our patients and their families:
- Please do not visit if you are sick with cold or flu symptoms.
- All family and visitors are to wear a unit-specific St. Louis Children's Hospital identification badge at all times
- Parents, legal guardians and grandparents are welcome 24 hours a day
- Siblings are welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Visitors over age 15 are welcome 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily at the discretion of the family.
- Up to four family members/visitors can be at the bedside (this number may vary in the intensive care units)
- A maximum of four badges per patient will be issued at any one time. For the comfort and safety of our patients, up to four family members or visitors may be in a patient's room (including Same Day Surgery) at any given time.
- Six family members/visitors per patient are welcome in St. Louis Children's Hospital visitor lounges
- Overnight stays are encouraged for parents, legal guardians and grandparents; children may not stay overnight.
- For the safety of our patients, no live plants or flowers are permitted in patient rooms or treatment areas at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Friends and family are welcome to send cards, mylar (foil) balloons and age-appropriate toys to patients.
- St. Louis Children's Hospital is a tobacco-free campus. That means that smoking and tobacco products are not permitted anywhere on the grounds of the hospital. The decision to become tobacco-free is directly related to our objective as a healthcare provider, which is to promote health and safety. Tobacco users are asked to refrain from using tobacco anywhere on hospital property, including the parking garage.
- No phone calls to patient rooms after 10 p.m.
- Use of cellular phones is permitted in most areas of the hospital. Certain areas may post signs restricting cell phone usage due to interference with medical equipment. Please observe all signage.
If you have questions about any of these policies, please ask one of our staff members.