Flu Visitation Policy is Currently in Effect

With Arizona currently experiencing a nearly 800 percent increase in flu cases over last year, Tucson Medical Center has implemented new visitation procedures to reduce the spread of the flu and better protect patients, families and staff.

  • Children can be highly susceptible to flu and those under the age of 13 may not enter patient care areas*. Parents are asked to provide supervision while children are in other areas of the hospital, including public waiting lobbies and the cafeteria or coffee shops.
  • Please do not visit patients if you have flu symptoms yourself, including fever, cough, vomiting or other ailments indicating a contagious illness.

Please remember to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Also, please keep your hands away from your face to reduce your risk of contracting the flu.

Support from family and friends is important in recovery and we thank you for your help in keeping your loved ones as healthy as possible during this severe flu season.

*Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Please notify nursing staff.

Visiting Hours

Tucson Medical Center has open visiting hours 24 hours a day at the discretion of the nursing staff. Visitors should be free of all signs and symptoms of infectious diseases. The nurse may need to ask visitors to leave for a number of reasons, including to:

  • provide medical treatment
  • allow a patient to get rest
  • provide a quiet atmosphere for a roommate
  • remove loud or disruptive visitors.

We believe the choice to receive visitors belongs to the patient. If you do not want visitors or want them to stay for only a short time, please tell your nurse.

Visitors should be reminded:

  • No smoking within hospital or campus grounds
  • Minors must be supervised by an adult visitor at all times

Quiet Hours

In order to provide a restful environment that promotes healing TMC has established ‘Quiet Hours’ daily between the hours of 2 - 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. During Quiet Hours we ask that everyone lower voices and limit noise as much as possible. During these hours lighting on the unit is dimmed and deliveries and traffic on the unit is limited as much as possible. In situations when noise is unavoidable, earplugs are available and can be obtained simply by asking any hospital staff member.

Visiting TMC for Children and the Joel M. Chidlers, M.D., Women's Center

When  you come to visit a friend or loved one at TMC for Children or the Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women's Center, we ask that adult visitors sign in and present a photo ID so that a visitor badge may be issued. We appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain a safe and secure environment.