We recognize that family members are an important part of the healing process and we welcome their presence. Patient- and family-centered care is a way of life at Outer Banks Health. Family mem­bers are recognized as a major support system for patients. The patient defines his or her family and family members can be anyone of the patient’s choosing, whether kin or friend. Ultimately, the patient determines how to involve family in care and decision-making.

Likewise, visitors bring cheer which can also assist the healing process. Visiting hours are determined on an individual basis as recommended by the patient’s healthcare provider. Therefore, we welcome visitors at any time unless the patient, family or healthcare provider has asked for restrictions.

Visitor Guidelines

We ask that visitors be considerate of you and other patients. Please follow the guidelines below. For specific visitor guidelines, click here.

  • People who are ill should not visit patients.
  • Family & visitors must wear shirts and shoes.
  • Family & visitors may not smoke or use tobacco products anywhere on the hospital campus.
  • Family & visitors may not bring weapons into the hospital or onto the campus.

Overnight Visitation

Visitors are welcome to remain with the patient overnight, each room provides a sleep sofa and bedside chair for visitor comfort and accommodation.

Pastoral Care

A group of “volunteer” chaplains is a part of our healing team. If you would like a visit from a chaplain, please ask your nurse to call the chaplain. A chapel is located on the first floor.


Parking for patients, families and visitors is located north of the hospital entrance. Handicapped parking is available by the east entrance and in the Emergency Department area. If all handicapped parking spaces are full, call security at 252-449-5800 for assistance. Please be aware the Main Entrance is locked from 9:00pm-6:00am and the Medical Office Building Entrance is locked from 7:00pm-6:00am. The Emergency Department Entrance is open 24/7.

Smoking Policy

To honor our commitment to the health and wellness of Dare County, all Outer Banks Health facilities and grounds are tobacco-free. This policy applies to patients, visitors and employees. Smoking cessation material is available.