The Montreal Heart Institute strives to get family members or a significant person involved in care activities while patients are in hospital. Depending on patients' wants and needs, a close relative or significant person can stay with them at all times.
To encourage rest, a maximum of two visitors at a time are allowed per patient, except in the Emergency Department, where only one visitor at a time is allowed. Visiting hours are over at 9:00 p.m., and visitors must be respectful of patients sharing the same room. Unless specific authorization is given, children under the age of 10 are not permitted.
Visiting hours in Surgical Intensive Care
Given the challenging nature of heart surgery, only two visitors are allowed at a time to the intensive care unit. The visiting hours take place:
On the day of the surgery, two visits of a maximum of 5 minutes are allowed: one after the update from the surgeon after the procedure and another one at 7:00 pm.
During the days following the surgery, visits are allowed between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Visits are limited to 15 minutes and take place at the beginning of each hour, according to the patient's condition. Please note that there are no visits between 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm.
Out of respect for patients, please visit our section on preventing hospital-acquired infections.