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Visiting the hospital


We encourage family and friends of our patients to come and visit in the hospital because you are an important part of their recovery.

How do I find a hospital location?

Contact information for our hospitals can be found in our Locations & services directory. Type the name of the hospital into the search box to pull up the listing. Each listing includes the address, map, contact and parking information, if available.

Hospital visiting hours

Visiting hours are included in the "Hours of operation" section of each hospital listing in our Locations & services directory.

Stay home if you aren't feeling well

We want our patients to have every chance to get well. Do not visit the hospital if you are feeling unwell (for example, if you have a cold or the flu) or have been near someone else who is sick. It is also important to wash your hands or use available alcohol-based liquid/foam hand sanitizers before and after visiting a loved one in the hospital.

Places to stay close to a hospital

Look up Accommodation information on the CIBC Centre for Patients & Families website to find reasonable and discounted rates for people visiting friends or family in our facilities.

Send Well Wishes to friends and family in hospital

Well Wishes is a free service that allows you to stay in touch with friends and family staying at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), UBC Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, Richmond Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Visit our Send well wishes page to get started.

Flu season policy: December 1 - March 31 each year

Beginning December 1 through March 31 each year, all visitors to this facility must have had a flu shot or wear a mask. Flu shots for visitors are free and can be obtained at your family doctor, VCH flu clinics, walk-in clinics; or pharmacies. People planning to visit loved ones in a health care facility or who will take family members to outpatient appointments are also eligible for a free shot. 

Masks are available at nursing stations, outpatient reception desks and/or the main entrances of our facilities. 

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