• Visiting a patient at Kentucky Children's Hospital

    One of the most important factors in a child's recovery is the support and love of family and friends. That's why we make is as easy as possible to visit patients at Kentucky Children's Hospital.

    A few things to remember about your visit:

    • If you're sick, please wait until you're well to visit. The risk of infection is too great. Even if you just have a cold or sore throat, please, for the child's safety, wait until you are well.
    • To protect the child's privacy, we can only give the child's general condition (good, fair, serious, or critical) over the phone.
    • Please don't bring your own blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags. We have blankets and pillows for anyone waiting for a patient.

    Visiting hours

    Visiting hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week. If you need more time with a child, or can't visit during those hours, talk to nursing and we'll do whatever we can to make sure you get time to visit.

    Calling patients

    Every child has a phone in his or her room. You're welcome to call their room directly if you know their room number or call the hospital at 859-323-5000 and we'll transfer you to the child's direct line.

    Sending cards and flowers

    We deliver flowers and mail to every child's room Monday - Friday. If a child is in intensive care, the flowers will be left at the desk. If you have questions about flower delivery, you can call the volunteers who deliver them at 859-323-6023.

    Gift shop

    Located in the hospital lobby on the first floor, the gift shop sells various personal care items, reading materials, candy and gifts. You may also purchase gift baskets, University of Kentucky merchandise, flower arrangements and stuffed toys by phone. Volunteers will deliver the gifts to UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and Markey Cancer Center patients. The gift shop accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard and can deliver Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 859-323-5797 for more information.


    Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.