Visiting the ICU
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Spend time with your family member during treatment

Visitors to the intensive care unit are usually limited to immediate family or significant others. Visiting hours are flexible. Please speak to a nurse about when best to visit.

Please read what to expect before coming to the hospital.

For general hospital visiting guidelines, see our family and friends page.

Designating a family spokesperson

The family will be asked to choose a spokesperson and to decide who may visit. The spokesperson will:

  • be the main person to communicate with the health care team about the patient’s condition and the plan of care
  • coordinate visiting permission and information with extended family and friends

A substitute decision maker may also be required. View the decision making and care planning section for information about the role of the substitute decision maker.

Language services

Interpreters and translation services are available. For more information, visit the language and interpreter services page.

Visiting with children

Please consult with a nurse if you want to bring a child into the intensive care unit. Children must be able to follow all infection control measures, especially hand washing, and be under direct adult supervision at all times.

Family space

Private family space may be available by request. Please speak to a nurse if you require access to a private space.


To protect the privacy of other patients and families, please speak to the nurse before taking any personal photos.

Cultural diversity

The values of respect, caring and trust characterize our relationships. Please keep these values in mind when you interact with people in the ICU.

We are committed to providing quality care that respects the dignity of all individuals without discrimination. We appreciate you for respecting our diverse staff. 


As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO