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Visitor Policy and Information

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, and employees remains our top priority. HSS is taking precautions to ensure everyone's safety. These measures include visitor limitations and social distance guidelines, which are explained below. All visitor policies apply regardless of vaccination status.

For the safety of our patients and staff, as of January 10, 2022, there will be no visitors allowed to outpatient appointments (physician offices, follow-ups, radiology and imaging, etc.) and surgical procedures at all HSS locations. *

Pediatric patients 21 years of age or younger may have one (1) designated visitor. These visitors are required to show proof of vaccination or a PCR(-) test result within 72 hours of their visit.

Proof of vaccination can be provided in one of the following forms:

  • Physical copy or image of vaccination card or certificate
  • NY Excelsior Pass (if fully vaccinated in the State of New York)
  • Health Pass by CLEAR: upload vaccine information and complete screening prior to your appointment. Learn more

*If you believe a visitor exception should be made because the patient requires mobility, cognitive or mental health support, please contact your doctor's office or 212.774.7547 to request an exception. All pre-approved visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours (3 days) before their visit.

What screening information will I need to complete before my visit?

All patients and visitors to HSS are required to wear masks in our locations and undergo a temperature check and screening before each visit. We encourage all visitors to complete their required health screening using Health Pass by CLEAR in order to expedite entry. Learn how to download Health Pass by CLEAR.

How is social distancing practiced at HSS?

“Social distancing” means keeping at least six feet of space between yourself and others.

At HSS we have taken the following steps:

  • Adding markings on floors, in elevators and in other areas to show where to stand or move to maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • Removing or moving seats in waiting rooms and patient rooms to allow for social distancing wherever possible
  • Adding plastic screens at check-in desks as a barrier between patients/visitors and HSS staff
  • Requiring face masks for patients, visitors and staff at all times, even when more than six feet from others

Inpatient rooms have also been set up to allow social distancing between patients, and between visitors and patients.

We ask that you please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Questions about your visit?

If you have nonmedical questions related to visiting HSS, communication with family and friends on the day of surgery or after, or anything else not addressed below, please call our patient and family resource line at 212.774.7547.

For more information about visiting as a patient: 

Please see What to Expect During Your HSS Visit.

Hospital rules and guidelines

The rules shown below apply in every patient room and recovery area. Please be mindful of other patients while visiting and always observe the rules listed in each area.

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Pediatric patients are allowed one (1) visitor or guardian. 
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Please silence your phone and refrain from making calls.
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Please no photos, videos or video calls to respect privacy.
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Do not visit if you have been sick or unwell for the past 48 hours.
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Do not assist patients out of bed. Contact a staff member for help.
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Carry on cheerful conversations in quiet tones with all patients.


Contact Us

General Help Numbers:

  • Main Operator: 877.659.4525
  • 24-hour Patient Information: 212.606.1377
  • Family Resource Line: 212.774.7547
Patient & Family Atrium Phone Numbers:
  • 1st Floor: 646.797.8301
  • 4th Floor: 212.774.2201
  • 9th Floor: 212.774.2179
  • SPU (429 E 75th Street): 646.714.6768

Neighborhood Guide

Please note that some information may have changed due to COVID.


Please view frequently asked questions about what to expect during your visit.

Below are common questions we receive from visitors on a daily basis. Our highly experienced staff is available to answer any questions or give further explanation of our services in person as well.

Is there a parking garage?
Yes. The HSS Belaire Building Garage is located at 525 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021. Please refer to our neighborhood directory for the additional information on parking garages in the area.

Do you validate parking?
Even though we do not validate parking, the rate that is offered to our visitors and patient has been already discounted. Please refer to our neighborhood directory for the additional information on parking garages in the area.

Do you have a gift shop?
There is no gift shop at HSS. Pyramid Cafés (located in the 1st and 4th floors of the main building) offer newspapers, magazines, earphones, gum, snacks and refreshments for purchase.

Please refer to our neighborhood directory for pharmacies, convenience stores and flower shops in the area.

HSS branded clothing and accessories can be purchased online.

Can I take pictures of the hospital?
You can take pictures of the hospital as long as the picture does not include any people, names, numbers or any other kind of information that could be related to our patients, visitors and staff.

Is there coffee shop or cafeteria?
Yes. We have a few options for you:

  • Belaire Cafeteria is located in the Belaire Building at 525 E 71st Street. The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Pyramid Cafés. Located in the Main Building at 535 E 70th Street. Cafes offer some snacks, sandwiches and refreshments for purchase.
  • 1st Floor. Main Hospital Lobby: Mon-Fri 6:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 4th Floor. Family Atrium: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Do you have an emergency room?
We do not have an emergency room, but HSS Urgent Ortho Care offers same-day or next-day evaluations and care for patients with sprains, strains and possible fractures.

Due to the safety of staff and recovering patients, no visitors are allowed in the PACU recovery areas.


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