Visitation Policy

Stony Brook University Hospital supports open patient visitation in a manner that provides therapeutic benefit to patients. Visits from family and friends are welcome at all times and can be helpful to a patient’s recovery. Visitation privileges cannot be denied based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  

Patients define their family. Family is an individual who may be biologically, legally or emotionally related to the patient. Visitors are guests of the patient or family. For the rest and recovery of patients and their family we do ask visitors to limit their visits after 8:30 pm.

General Guidelines

  • Guests with colds or experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat), or with any contagious disease should not visit hospitalized patients.
  • Guests must pick up a pass at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby before going to patient floors. 
  • To maintain a safe environment, two guests are welcome at the bedside at one time. 
  • Guests should maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise. 
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Latex balloons are not permitted in the Hospital.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Every attempt will be made to honor an overnight stay request for a family member.
  • At least one parent/guardian will be permitted to stay with a pediatric patient at all times.
  • Limits on visiting must be reasonable and based on the patient’s medical condition, and will be explained to the patient and to you.
  • Visitation may be restricted if a guest’s behavior presents a direct risk or threat to the patient, hospital or others in the immediate environment. 

For questions, call the Information Desk at (631) 444-7686.