Visitor Information

Massachusetts General Hospital understands that visits from family members and friends are an important part of the healing process. Learn what you need to know before visiting patients at Mass General.

Visitation Guidelines

Before visiting a patient, please speak with the patient's nurse or clinician to determine the best time to visit or to discuss the number of visitors or any unusual visiting circumstances that might require special arrangements.

All visitors chosen by the patient will have visitation privileges consistent with the patient's wishes. Visitation privileges will not be limited or denied based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Visitors may include a spouse, adult child, parent, close relative, friend, domestic partner, and both different sex and same sex significant others. Same-sex parents shall have the same access as different-sex parents for their minor children.

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Information Desks

Information desks are located throughout the hospital buildings, near many of the major entrances. Desks are staffed with knowledgeable staff who can help answer any questions.

Patient Information/Patient Privacy

Patient privacy is important to Mass General. Patients have the right to limit access and confidentiality. Patients can indicate to the admissions or nursing staff that no information is to be shared about their condition and/or that they wish not to have visitors. If such a request has been made, it will be communicated to you.

Patient Status Inquiries and Telephone Calls

Patient information is available by calling 617-726-2070. Your call will be forwarded to the patient's unit, where you can speak directly to the patient’s nurse or clinician.

For patients in Intensive Care Units, only questions from immediate family members can be answered.

Waiting Room for Families

A family waiting room is available on the first floor of the Gray Building. A small consultation room is available for family members to speak privately with a doctor.

Volunteers staff the reception desk from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Complimentary beverages are available.

Cafeterias

There are several cafeterias located within the hospital. Please view one of the maps to find the closest cafeteria or ask at the information desk.

Meals With a Patient

Visitors can share a meal with the patient they are visiting. To order a guest meal, notify the assistant at the nurse's station before 11:00 am for lunch and before 3:00 pm for dinner or for breakfast the next day. Please check with your Nutrition and Food Services representative for current price information. If you are planning to bring food into the hospital for a patient, please check with the patient's nurse or clinician before doing so.

Infectious Diseases

For visitors who have been exposed to infectious diseases such as Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis (TB), Mumps or Measles within three weeks of their visit, please speak with the patient's nurse before visiting.

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The MGH General Store & Flower Shop - online

Send flowers, balloons, or other gifts to patients through the hospital's online store and flower shop.

Local Boston information

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The International Patient Center

Mass General’s International Patient Center helps patients from overseas with making appointments, transportation and language interpretation services.