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Visitor Restrictions

IU Health Bloomington Hospital has implemented temporary voluntary visitor restrictions. Learn more.

Family and Guest Visiting

Our healthcare team understands that having family and friends around is important to the healing process. Your family is welcome anytime, but we do ask guests to follow the guidelines below.

All patients have the right to choose who may visit them during their inpatient stay, regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, a domestic partner, including a same-sex domestic partner, or other type of visitor, as well as a right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time.

Where am I going?

There are six levels to the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Please ask one of our team members if you need help finding your way while you're in our facility.

You can also find maps for each floor in the links below:

When can guests visit?

IU Health Bloomington Hospital encourages families to be involved in the healthcare of patients. General visiting hours are observed between 11 am and 8 pm. Visitation hours can vary for each hospital unit. Our Women and Children's Services has Snooze & Snuggle time from 3 - 5 pm for mom to rest and bond with baby. Please check with nursing staff for appropriate visiting times.

Your care team members may occasionally change or restrict normal visiting hours in the interest of a patient’s health due to their condition, unit or scheduled procedures.

How many guests can I have?

You can decide when you are ready to have guests and how many you want to see at a time. A limit of two visitors at a time is usually a good number. The nurse will always put your needs first. This may include limiting the number of guests so the team can do its job.

Can children come?

In general, it is a good idea to check with a guest relations team member before bringing a child as a visitor. Children younger than 14 years must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient at all times. Some units may require health screens or have other limitations on children visiting.

How do we make sure patients get the rest they need?

We want to make sure that all of our patients are able to rest. Please keep voices low. Guests may be asked to return at a later time if their behavior is disturbing other patients or making it difficult for the care team to take care of the patient.

If someone is sick, can they visit?

For your protection, people should not visit if they are sick, especially if they have a sore throat, cold or fever.

What is the IU Health alcohol and drug policy?

All IU Health facilities are alcohol and drug-free.

What is the IU Health firearm policy?

It is the policy of Indiana University Health that no one, other than IU Health Security Officers or on-duty Law Enforcement Officers, carry or have in their possession a firearm or weapon while in a IU Health facility. Law enforcement officers should check in with IU Health Security if they plan to carry on premises.

Dine with a Patient

At IU Health Bloomington Hospital, we are happy to provide your family members or guests with meal trays so that they can dine with you in your room. A Guest Tray can be delivered at the same time as the patient meal. The cost for this is $8 per meal and will be paid in advance. To order a guest tray, call 812.353.9405  at least one hour prior to patient meal time and have a credit card ready. Cash and check also accepted.  It is important to know that medical insurance does not cover the cost of Guest Trays.