Following recent guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), Lifespan has lifted some of the restrictions on visitation where feasible to allow more patients to see family and other loved ones in person during their stay.

At present, patients at Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital who are not being treated for COVID-19 may have one visitor during set visitation hours. Lifespan recognizes the value of visitation in patient care and will continue to work with the RIDOH in expanding visitor access in a manner that balances health and safety. 

Current Hospital Visiting Hours

Patient visitation hours are as follows:

  • Rhode Island Hospital:
    • Visiting hours for most units: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Behavioral Health Unit visiting hours: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Miriam Hospital: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Newport Hospital 
    • Medical Surgical and ICU visiting hours: 11 a.m to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Vanderbilt Inpatient Unit visiting hours: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Behavioral Health Unit visiting hours: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Visiting Pediatric Patients 

What to Expect When Visiting

Please keep the following in mind when planning your visit:

  • Visitors will not be allowed the enter if they are symptomatic, have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the last 14 days, have traveled from an area requiring 14-day quarantine, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results. Please note that visitors arriving from areas subject to state of Rhode Island quarantine orders will also not be allowed to enter the hospital. Please visit for states currently subject to restrictions.
  • Visitors must wear a surgical mask at all times, making sure that it covers their nose and mouth. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided to them. If a visitor is wearing their own cloth mask or bandana, they must wear the surgical mask over the mask they are already wearing.
  • Visitors must remain in patient rooms and are not allowed to visit the cafeterias or gift shops. 
  • Visitors are expected to practice physical distancing, maintaining at least six feet between themselves and others while in the hospital.
  • Visitors may not carry food or drink into the hospital and or visit the cafeteria or other food establishments while in the hospital. 
  • Visitors may be asked to leave at any time if safe social distancing guidelines can’t be met in the patient’s room, as some units have rooms with multiple patients in them.

Lifespan is committed to continually monitoring and evaluating the situation and will continue to act in the best interest of our patients and employees. We thank our patients and their loved ones for their understanding as we work to ensure a safe environment for our patients and our workforce.

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(Visitation information updated 8/13/20)