Intensive Care Services

Critical Care Visiting Hours

We understand that visitors are important to patients and that family members want to be with their loved ones; therefore, our visiting hours are flexible. There may be times when visiting hours must be limited because of a patient's health status, so we encourage visitors to discuss visiting with the patient's health care team.

Newport Hospital Intensive Care Unit

Visitors should call the hospital's patient information line at 401-845-1640 to confirm visiting hours for patients who are critically ill. Standard visiting hours for the Intensive Care Unit are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Miriam Hospital Critical Care Units

Visiting hours and guidelines may differ in critical care units: ICU, CCU, CVTI, CVTS and PACU. Visitors should check with nursing staff on guidelines for that unit.

 Rhode Island Hospital Critical Care Units

Critical care medicine at Rhode Island Hospital is very family-focused. Family members may visit with patients in the critical care units anytime, 24 hours a day, and are welcome to stay with patients during medical procedures and be involved in patient care.

Visitor Guidelines

  • Please do not bring food or drinks into patient rooms. Family members can eat and drink in the unit's family room and waiting room. Refreshments are available on the first floor of the Main Building and the first floor of the Cooperative Care Center.
  • Please stop at the desk and check with the secretary before entering patient rooms.
  • We ask that patients have only two visitors at a time.
  • Please limit the use of colognes when you visit. Many of our patients are here because of breathing problems.
  • For the same reason, no flowers are allowed in patient rooms.
  • Please wait in the waiting room, not in the hallways. Hallways must be kept open in case of emergencies.
  • Children can visit patients; please discuss this with the nurse caring for your loved one.
  • Pets are also allowed to visit the unit with prior permission from the nursing staff. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations is required.
  • Each patient room has a television; visitors are welcome to bring in tape/CD players so patients can listen to music.
  • The critical care physicians are available for questions after 2 p.m. daily. The attending physician will speak to each family within 24 hours of admission to the unit, and by appointment. Patient confidentiality is always respected.

We realize that it is difficult to leave your loved one. Patients need rest, and so do you. Please know we will contact you with any changes. Please contact us with any questions.