Visiting a Patient

Visitors can be good medicine for patients! We know that parents will partner with us to ensure that a positive, healthy and safe environment is maintained for our patients here at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Parents, guardians and grandparents are considered part of the healthcare team and are always welcome.

We encourage at least one person to stay in the room with your child to help decrease your child's anxiety and fear of being in a hospital.

General Visiting Hours for Guests
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General Guidelines

  • Guests are asked to wear identification wristbands and/or badges at all times. Please return to the Information Desk or the Admitting office if you do not have one or need one replaced.
  • The number of guests should be limited to no more than four (4) at a time. We have a family area on each floor that can be used by extra guests while they wait for their turn to visit.
  • We welcome the comforting presence and support of parents during a child's hospitalization, therefore we allow one parent/guardian to stay overnight. Sleeper chairs are provided for your comfort.
  • Help us keep our patients safe from further risk of infection. Family members or friends who are sick with sore throats, colds, fever, diarrhea, or other infectious illnesses should stay at home until they are well. We ask that you help us to ensure that all guests wash their hands before and after their visit with your child.
  • Young visitors are welcome to visit the patient in his/her hospital room or in the family area. Parents are welcome to get games or toys from the play area to be used in the patient's room or family area. Siblings: Siblings may visit on the Nursing Floors after passing a health screen. Non- Siblings: Children 5-12 years may visit on the Nursing Floors after passing a health screen. Visiting children over the age of 12 are not required to complete the young child health screen and may visit in any area.
  • With the exception of parents, guardians, and grandparents, visits should be kept short and meaningful. We know parents will help us maintain a quiet environment to prevent your child from getting overwhelmed or exhausted which can in turn delay the healing process.
  • Patients may be on special diets or may be restricted from eating for periods of time. Please help these patients manage this sometimes difficult time by limiting food or drink in the room.
  • There may be a time when you or your guest will be asked to step out of the room for a short period of time during special tests, treatments, when the doctors or nurses need to assess the patient, and during medical rounds. If your child is in isolation, or has been admitted to one of our Intensive Care Units, there may be additional visiting guidelines. Please speak with your nurse about any additional information you may need to know.

Contact Information

Driscoll Children's Hospital
Patient Relations
3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Phone: (361) 694-4035
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