Visitor Information

Visiting Patients

We believe that the patient’s ability to interact with family members, of all ages, positively affects their recovery during hospitalization. Also, we understand the healthcare continuum is a process that involves the entire family. 

  • All visitors must be appropriately attired - including shoes.
  • Noise should be at a minimum during visitation.
  • There is no smoking allowed within the hospital.
  • Patients should not have any smoking materials or outside medications.
  • Patients may not receive outside food without nurse approval to ensure the food is made according to prescribed diet orders.
  • Infants are susceptible to infections and should be protected. If the patient wants to see an infant under special circumstances, arrangements should be made with your nurse.
  • Children must ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult and should be taken out of the patient care area if they become a distraction. Children are to remain in the room of the patient they are visiting and are not be allowed in the hallways or waiting areas unless accompanied by an adult. Sick children should not be brought to visit.
  • Patient care staff may, on occasion, request that visitors step out of a room so personal care can be provided. We ask you to cooperate with staff and follow their directions.

Visitation Guidelines

EFFECTIVE (10-18-21):

INPATIENT visitation is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All visitors must be older than 18 and wear a mask at all times while in our facilities. PLEASE NOTE: COVID-positive patients are NOT allowed visitors.


Two visitors allowed per day, per inpatient.

Visitation in other areas of the hospital


Two visitors allowed per outpatient being seen for surgery or a procedure, throughout the length of the outpatient visit.


Two visitors allowed per patient throughout the length of the ED visit.

Note: If outpatients or emergency department patients are admitted to the hospital, then inpatient visitation applies.


Four visitors; others allowed on a case-by-case basis per the patient’s physician.

Information regarding end-of-life visitation for COVID patients

PLEASE NOTE: For patients with cognitive or communicative disabilities or issues, a support person will be allowed to accompany the patient throughout their stay, whether inpatient or outpatient, according to the qualifiers outlined by the Office for Civil Rights.

Tobacco-Free Campus

In order to provide a healthy environment for our patients, visitors and employees, University Hospital Summerville restricts the use of tobacco products. Learn more at  

Visitor Dining

A full-service cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch is available to visitors

Monday - Friday: 
Breakfast: 8-9 a.m. 
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

For your convenience, vending machines are outside the entrance to the dining room.

Overnight Accommodations

The nurse will make every effort to accommodate an overnight guest should the patient ask. Check with the nurse for more information.

Chaplain Services

Spiritual support from a hospital chaplain is available during a patient’s stay. The chapel is located next to the first-floor waiting area and is open at all times for meditation. For more information about this service, please ask the nurse or patient care representative.