Visiting & Staying

Children's National Health System is taking precautions to protect patients, families, and employees from the spread of flu. The following guidelines are in effect until further notice. 

If you are visiting a patient staying in our hospital, please note:

  • No visitors under the age of 14 (this does not include patients)
  • Max of 2 adults accompanying child (must be parent, guardian or designated family caregiver)
  • All tours are suspended and atrium performances cancelled
  • All patients and visitors will be screened for flu symptoms
  • Masks will be provided to sick adults who are unable to leave their Children's National Health System
  • All visitors must be free of flu-like symptoms

Thank you for helping us provide the safest environment for our patients, families, and employees. For more information on flu symptoms and how to protect yourself and your family, visit our Flu Resource Center.

Special Travel Advisory for Visitors: If you have visited West Africa within 21 days, please notify a Children’s National team member when you check in. 

At Children’s National, we strive to make you and your child’s visit or extended stay both safe and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting our Main Hospital in Washington, DC, or one of our outpatient centers throughout the region, it can be stressful and you may have questions before your visit or even during your child’s appointment or extended stay.

Helpful Links and Resources

  • Visiting an outpatient center or primary care practice? Search by location for directions, hours of operation, contact information, amenities, and services
  • Get an overview of Children’s National Health System
  • Watch the videos featured in our “Visiting” playlist to better understand how we serve our patients and families

Visiting Guidelines & Hours

Parents, guardians, and family friends are encouraged to visit children who are staying in the hospital. Children’s National has guidelines for visitors that help us maintain a safe and calm environment for high-quality care.

Transportation & Parking

Children's National Health System's Main Campus is easily accessible if you are driving or taking public transportation. Our Main Campus also has onsite parking for families.

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ER Wait Times

Children’s National has two Emergency Departments to meet the needs of our patients. For your convenience, Children’s National offers real-time information on the wait times at our Emergency Departments.

Staying Overnight

At Children’s National Health System, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. As our partner in care, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us.

Patient Family Rights

Patient Family Rights

Learn about our privacy commitment, patient rights, and who to contact if you have concerns.