Visitor policy

Updated May 3, 2021  

To protect our patients, staff and community from the risks associated with COVID-19, we have visitor restrictions in place at all our locations. 

Outpatient visitors

One visitor may accompany each patient for clinic or procedural appointments.  

All visitors must: 

  • Be screened for symptoms at entry points and provided a blue sticker 
  • Follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines 
  • Stay in waiting areas 

Inpatient visitors

Patients with COVID-19, or those suspected of having COVID-19, are not allowed to have visitors. We can arrange video visits to stay in touch with loved ones. Visitors are also not allowed in our emergency departments or surgery waiting areas. 

Other inpatients at Nebraska Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Center may designate one person to be their authorized (primary) visitor. The authorized visitor will be permitted to visit one time per day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. An alternate visitor may be designated only for circumstances in which the primary visitor cannot visit. 

Visitor hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Patients can ask their nurse to designate someone as their authorized visitor.

Authorized visitors must: 

  • Complete a screening upon arrival 
  • Be healthy. Any visitor experiencing respiratory illness symptoms will not be allowed to enter
  • Wear a personal cloth mask or a procedural mask at all times (including while in patient rooms). Neck gaiters, bandanas and vented masks are not allowed  
  • Remain in the patient’s room during their visit 
  • Visitors are not allowed to eat or drink in patient rooms

Please help us by following the guidelines above. These guidelines ensure we can continue to allow one authorized visitor for each inpatient per day.

Pediatric exception

Pediatric patients may have two healthy parents, or designated adult visitors, one at a time.  

Labor and Delivery exception

Labor and Delivery patients may have one healthy visitor.

Additionally, certified doulas may attend births at Nebraska Medical Center. One doula will be allowed for each patient and the following criteria must also be met: 

  • Doulas must be screened upon entry. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms, they will not be allowed entry 
  • They must present their certification upon arrival  
  • They must wear a mask (neck gaiters, bandanas and vented masks are not allowed) 
  • They are allowed for the delivery and immediate post-partum period only 

Learn more about what to expect when you arrive for your next visit