Patient ID Cards

Patients and guardians of children who have been admitted to Boston Children's Hospital are welcome 24 hours a day. Other visitors are welcome from noon to 8 p.m. every day. Visitation is sometimes restricted when Children's is trying to limit the spread of illnesses like the seasonal flu or H1N1 (swine flu).

Parents are given special hospital identification badges so staff can easily recognize them. All parents and guardians of inpatients are required to wear an ID badge at all times while at the hospital.

  • When patients are admitted, parents/guardians are issued a yellow photo identification badge. Badges are given out at the front desk in the Main Lobby between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. After 4 p.m., a temporary paper badge will be issued by the Information Desk staff until the next morning.

  • To receive an ID badge, parents must provide a picture ID and a stamped copy of their child's hospital card.

  • Only two parent ID badges are issued per patient. In special cases, additional badges may be issued, but only if first discussed with the unit nurse.

  • Badges must be returned to your child's nurse at the time of discharge.

Please call Access Control at 617-355-6251 with any questions or concerns.