Visiting Hours and Restrictions

Visitors can help to lift a patient’s spirits and speed recovery, but hospitalized patients also need plenty of rest. We encourage visitors to observe the guidelines of specific patient care areas. Questions can be directed to the unit’s nurse manager.

General visiting hours: 10 am - 8:30 pm

Surgery Waiting Lounge Hours (Effective September 1, 2023):

Inpatient and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU): Monday - Friday, 5 am - 10 pm | Saturday & Sunday, 7 am - 3:30 pm

Outpatient: Monday - Friday, 5 am - 4:30 pm

Masking Update (April 10, 2023)

Please mask when visiting The University of Tennessee Medical Center if you:

  • have not received the COVID-19 vaccine | Visit this CDC link and see the section, “how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine will I need to get to complete my primary series?” for detailed information.
  • are experiencing cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion, body aches or sore throat.

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

With some exceptions below, The University of Tennessee Medical Center has open visitation with an unlimited number of visitors to the hospital, medical office buildings and physician practices.


  • Some patients, including those with positive or pending COVID-19 test results, may have additional visitation restrictions.

Intensive Care Units

  • Two visitors aged 16 or older, 9 am -10 pm

Center for Women & Infants

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) — Two visitors, parents or grandparents only; one visitor must be the parent
  • Labor & Delivery — Three visitors (aged 16 or older), plus a doula. Only one visitor during triage, Cesarean section or recovery from surgery
  • Mother/Baby (3 Heart), Gynecology/Postpartum (4 East) — Four visitors; children aged two or older allowed

Cancer Institute

  • Hospitalized patients — Two designated visitors aged 16 or older; only one designated visitor at a time
  • Outpatient appointments — One visitor aged 16 or older

Contact Us

UT Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920