Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Skip to main content

Visitor Information

Due to COVID-19, Beebe Healthcare has had to put additional visitor precautions and guidelines in place for the safety of visitors, patients, and team members. We thank you for the privilege of caring for your family.

Visitor Guidelines (Updated: September 15, 2022)

Mask Requirements

Masks are required at all Beebe locations. All visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask at all times, including when sitting with a patient in their room. Visitors who do not have a surgical mask will have one provided to them upon check-in. This includes the Lewes Campus, the South Coastal Campus, the Rehoboth Specialty Surgical Hospital, and Tunnell Cancer Center.

We remain in a pandemic and people still require hospitalization due to the COVID-19 virus. Beebe must continue to follow the requirements set forth by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), while also taking into consideration the recommendations provided by the CDC.


When you come to any Beebe location, you can expect to be screened for COVID-19. You will be asked a series of questions. If you have any symptoms that might indicate COVID-19, you may be asked to consider being tested for the virus.

If you are not feeling well or have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, gastrointestinal complaints, or headache, stay home and call your doctor.

Who can visit / How many visitors can I have?

Inpatients may have well visitors throughout their stay. Additional considerations are being made for surgery patients and end of life patients. All visitors MUST be 18 or older.

  • COVID-19 patients and patients under suspicion for COVID-19: Patients may have one healthy visitor per day. Personal protective equipment must be worn in and out of the rooms and visitors must practice hand hygiene frequently. Visitors should stay in the patient room as much as possible during the visit and should avoid general public areas such as our cafeterias, waiting rooms, etc.
  • Labor & Delivery Patients: Please read the visitor policy carefully. Visitor policies are unique to each stage of delivery for both health and safety reasons.
    • Labor begins naturally/Go into labor on your own: two consistent support persons will be permitted when the patient is admitted.
    • Scheduled evening admission pre-induction of labor: If you are scheduled to come in the night before your induction of labor for pre-induction cervical ripening, you may have one primary support person stay overnight with you. In the morning when your induction is started, you may then have one additional support person for a total of two.
    • Scheduled induction of labor: there may be a total of two consistent support persons (this includes the significant other) in the labor and delivery room during labor and for the first two hours after delivery. They shall be named by the patient and be in agreement with her attending physician or midwife upon admission.
    • Scheduled cesarean deliveries: two consistent support persons will be permitted when the patient is admitted. Only the primary support person is permitted in the operating room unless general anesthetic is administered then no support person will be permitted in the operating room.
    • Postpartum/after the baby has been born:
      • Only one adult support person is permitted to stay the night to help the mother care for the new baby.
      • One consistent, primary support person is welcome to visit at any time.
      • There may be one additional, consistent visitor permitted (total of three consistent visitors) during the postpartum period (for a total of 3 visitors).
      • Visiting hours for two non-primary support persons are 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Oncology patients: one well support person may accompany patients for all appointments and treatments at the Tunnell Cancer Center and/or South Coastal Cancer Center.
  • Pediatric patients: Two well parents or caregivers are allowed around the clock.
  • Surgery patients, and end of life patients: Additional considerations are being made.
  • Clergy and Pastoral Visitors: These visitors do not count toward the patient’s visitor quota.

If you need to make special privilege visiting arrangements, please speak to the Charge Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, or call the Patient Relations Representative to discuss this possibility.

Beebe Healthcare does not restrict visitation on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

Required Documentation

All visitors will be asked to provide photo identification such as your driver's license. Beebe Guest Services team members will scan your license and print you an identification badge to wear while you are visiting our locations and campuses. You will need to get a new identification badge each day you enter our hospital or visit our locations.


Visitors are asked to remain with the patient to limit movement throughout the hospital and all Beebe medical locations. Visitors may also be asked to leave if the care team deems necessary for any clinical reasons.

These safety protocols protect our patients, visitors, and team members. Thank you for your cooperation and for the privilege to serve you.

Campuses: Location, Parking, Dining, Gifts

For hospital visitors looking for directions, parking information, dining options and gift store details please visit your desired location page:

Visitor Support & Feedback

Thank you for understanding the importance of visitors to the healing process. We know that this can be a stressful time for you and your loved one. If you need to talk to someone about care provided, call our Patient Advocates: 302-645-3547 or fill our our Contact Us form online. If you need religious or spiritual counseling, our Chaplains are available to help: 302-645-3759.