Patient Companions at Dana-Farber
All patients are now allowed to bring
one healthy adult companion
(age 18 or older) to any outpatient appointment at Dana-Farber. Companions age 17 and younger are not permitted at this time.
Face masks are still required in hospitals and other health care settings for all persons, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated. Please use the face mask that we give you when you arrive, and make sure that it always covers
your mouth and nose during your visit.
Please be mindful of others during your visit, and try to maintain safe physical distancing while you are here. Cancer centers such as ours see patients who are more vulnerable than the general public, so our steps to prevent infection
need to be stronger than in other settings.
All persons will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before entering. Please use our prescreen app before you arrive. If
you do not have a smartphone or cannot access the app, we will help you complete the screening process when you arrive.
If there is not enough space for needed physical distancing in a patient care area, the companion may be asked to wait in a designated area until the patient's appointment is complete.
We encourage patients who would like to have more than one companion to use a smartphone or other mobile device to video call a friend or loved one when meeting with their care team. This can be a good way for another companion to participate in the visit
by asking questions, taking notes, and providing support. Wireless internet access is available in all patient care areas.
Please Be Aware of Your Arrival Time
Please do not arrive more than 20 minutes before your first scheduled appointment when you need to visit Dana-Farber in person. This helps reduce the number of people in the building and ensures safe physical distancing throughout the facility. If you
arrive too early, we may need to direct you to a waiting area after you complete the screening process.