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For Families & Visitors at Eastern State Hospital

Eastern State Hospital Visitor Room

Eastern State Hospital welcome visits by patients’ family and friends. Family includes anyone important to the patient, such as spouses, same-sex partners, family members and friends. Patients have the right to say whom they want or don’t want to visit them in the hospital, and may change their mind at any time.

Visitors age 18 and older are allowed after patients have been in the hospital for 24 hours.

Visitation is held in the dining room of each patient care unit. Visitors sign in at the Welcome Desk and get a visitors badge. Any items brought to patients by visitors must first be checked by staff to make sure they are safe to have. Food or drink may be brought in for patients, but they must consume it before going back to their room.

Visitors will not be permitted to bring purses and other personal belongings into Eastern State Hospital. Visitors will be asked to empty their pockets and leave their belongings either in their vehicles or locked in secure lockers that will be provided.

  • Visiting Hours

    Tuesdays: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Thursdays: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Saturdays: 1 - 4 p.m.

    Sundays: 1 - 4 p.m.

    Visiting hours will be from 1 - 4 p.m. on the following holidays:

    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
    • New Year’s Day

    If you are bringing gifts to patients for the holidays, please bring them in gift bags, preferably without attached strings. Gift-wrapped presents must be unwrapped to be searched.

    To allow adequate time to visit with your loved one, please arrive at least a half hour before visitation ends. Visitors must have a government-issued picture ID (such as a drivers license).

  • Prohibited Items

    The following items may not be brought in by visitors:

    • Purses
    • Chewing gum
    • Open drink containers, cans or glass bottles (only factory-sealed plastic bottles are permitted)
    • Cups with lids and straws
    • Cell phones
    • Cameras or other recording devices
    • Plastic bags
    • Lighters
    • Matches
    • Over-the-counter medications
    • Prescription medications
    • Illicit drugs
    • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes
    • Chewing tobacco, dip, snuff
    • Firearms or any type of weapon
    • Knives
    • Sharp objects, including pens & pencils
    • Any type of aerosol container
    • Alcohol or products containing alcohol
    • Perfume/cologne
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Lip balm
    • Any other potentially dangerous materials