Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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When Brothers and Sisters Visit

Visits from siblings are welcome during regular visiting hours. Siblings must remain with an adult friend or family member at all times. This is to ensure their safety and our patients' safety. Brothers and sisters are encouraged to visit the playrooms with their hospitalized sibling. We also have a sibling playroom on the second floor.

We suggest you plan visits with siblings based on the length of time appropriate for their age, developmental levels, and your personal situation.

Talk to your child’s nurse about whether a visit from a sibling would be helpful. People who are sick should not visit the hospital. Your nurse is responsible for protecting patients and will check visitors for illness.

After a brief health screening, your nurse will give each sibling a name tag. It must be worn at all times.

Because families must share space in the playrooms and because illness can create stress for all family members, parents must supervise their children.

Visiting the intensive care unit to see a brother or sister can be scary for children of any age. Child Life specialists and nursing staff can help you prepare siblings for this visit.

Each patient may have up to two visitors in the playrooms at one time, including adults.

Special visiting hours and guidelines may apply to the NICU, PCCU, Myelosuppression Unit, and for children under special isolation precautions. Please see a nurse or Child Life staff member for visiting hours and guidelines.

Brothers and sisters may visit the upper floor playrooms only when accompanying a patient.

Second-floor sibling playroom

(Ages 8-months and older)

Phone: (615) 936-4462

Monday through Thursday
10 a.m. to Noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

10 a.m. to Noon
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last Edited: October 26, 2016
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