General visiting hours at all GHS facilities are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Some units and facilities have visiting hours and policies that differ from our standard hospital visiting practices.
A patient’s Care Partner may visit any time at the patient’s request. A Care Partner is a spouse, partner, family member or close friend who is at least 18 years old. He or she is chosen by the patient to provide emotional, physical, educational, social and spiritual support. Care Partners are given an identification badge and a packet of information when the patient is admitted.
If a patient indicates that he or she is not receiving visitors, please respect the patient’s wishes. To be sure your visit will be a welcome and healing one, we encourage you to call the patient ahead of time at (864) 455-7000.
To remind the patient you’re thinking of them, you may send greetings with one of our patient E-cards.
For visitor questions and assistance, call Guest Services at (864) 455-5555.
Labor and Delivery Areas
- OB Admissions Unit: One person at a time
- Labor rooms: Four people at a time; only two adult visitors in addition to the Care Partner may visit at one time
- Delivery: For a routine vaginal delivery, the patient may have up to three adults present with the doctor’s permission (check with the doctor or nurse about whether it’s appropriate for children to be present)
- OB operating and recovery rooms: For an uncomplicated cesarean delivery, one adult may be present in the recovery room after the patient is stable
- Family Beginnings: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for immediate family; 6-9 p.m. for extended family and friends (no children except healthy siblings may visit)
- Newborn Nursery: Two adults or siblings over age 14 may visit
Critical Care Areas
Visiting hours for Intensive Care Units (ICU) are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, based upon the needs of our patients. Two Care Partner badges will be given to the family upon admission. These badges allow the Care Partners to be in the hospital after 9 p.m. Visitors should be aware that visiting may be delayed for bedside medical procedures and hand-off communication among caregivers at shift changes (7 a.m. and 7 p.m.).
Patients may have visitors between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Two visitor badges are available for each patient. These badges may be shared, but no more than two people may visit with the patient at one time. Visitors are asked to remain with the patient when visiting in the treatment area. Badges must be worn and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Marshall I. Pickens Hospital (Behavioral Health)
Geriatric Unit: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Adult Inpatient Unit: 7-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Child/Adolescent Unit: 6-7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays
Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital
4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
1:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit
Visitors are not permitted between 6-9 a.m. or 6-9 p.m.
Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Parents may visit at any time except during shift changes and patient rounds
- Family and special friends may only visit with a parent, before 9 p.m.
Surgery Waiting Area
The surgery waiting area is a quiet space for family and friends to wait while the patient is in the operating room. Children 14 and younger should always be accompanied by an adult in the waiting area.
Patients typically are in the recovery area for two hours. When your family member is transferred to a patient room, the guest services representative will be notified and will give you the patient’s room number.
Family members will be notified via hospital pager or personal cell phone when vital information such as patient status, recovery update or room number is available. If you leave the surgery waiting area, we ask that you please notify the guest services representative.
If you need to receive calls in the waiting area, calls can be made to (864) 797-1139. However, please limit calls on this line so others may receive important calls.
Visiting hours are from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., but a Care Partner may enter the hospital after 9 p.m. by calling a hospital representative at (864) 797-2100. The representative will escort the Care Partner to the patient’s room.
Critical Care Unit
Only two visitors are permitted at a time. Visiting hours are as follows:
Women’s Life Center
General visiting hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Labor rooms: We make every effort to accommodate the number of visitors the patient requests; however, visitors may be asked to leave at the nurse’s discretion if the patient’s condition changes or becomes unstable.
Delivery: For a routine vaginal delivery, the patient may have visitors as requested, with the doctor’s permission, as long as the patient is stable. Check with the doctor or nurse about whether it’s appropriate for children to be present.
OB operating and recovery rooms: One adult may be present for an uncomplicated cesarean delivery.
Two visitors may stay with the patient in the pre-operative room. No visitation is permitted in the recovery room.
The support of your clergyperson or church leader may be important to you and your recovery. Clergy may visit at any time at the discretion of the responsible nurse.
A chaplain is on call to assist those who may not have a regular minister. Please tell your nurse if you would like the chaplain to visit you or your family.
Oconee Memorial Hospital
We welcome visitors through the front doors of the inpatient and outpatient buildings from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Visitors arriving outside of these hours should enter through the Emergency Department. Then, with the permission of the patient, the visitor will be escorted to the patient’s room.
Critical Care Unit
Critical Care Unit patients require extra privacy and rest. Please limit your visits to patients in this area to the following hours:
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Our patients have the right to deny consent for visitation at any time, and we reserve the right to limit visitation where it is necessary for medical reasons and reasonable for the patient’s healing or to protect his or her health and safety.
To call a patient at Oconee Memorial Hospital, call (864) 482-3 + the patient’s room number