Information about the Coronavirus

Griffin Health is committed to your care and safety. Please call your doctor or provider before your visit. General COVID-19 information is available here or call the COVID hotline at 203-204-1053. Vaccination information is available here.

Patient and Visitor Information

ATTENTION Caregivers and Visitors

To help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, Griffin Health is taking temporary precautions to protect visitors, caregivers, and the community. All visitors will be screened prior to entry for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. The screening process includes information about symptoms of respiratory illness, and a touch-free thermometer scan to determine body temperature. Based on screening results, visitation and entry may be restricted. We appreciate your cooperation during this time of heightened concern.

Entry and Visitation Guidelines:

  • Visitors, patients, and caregivers may enter through our main entrance only.
  • One visitor per patient at a time with additional consideration given in special circumstances such as patients at the end-of-life, pediatric patients and maternity patients in the Childbirth Center.
  • Please remain in your loved one’s room as much as possible and avoid other areas of the hospital.
  • Individuals showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) will be asked to return home and are invited to connect with their loved ones through virtual means, such as Skype, FaceTime, or telephone calls.

We recommend that the following people not visit patients or receive visitors while hospitalized:

  • Those who are at increased risk of severe illness, including people over the age of 70, immunocompromised individuals, and individuals who live with or care for such people.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting for COVID-19 test results.

As indicated in Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7C, there is an increased risk of rapid spread of COVID-19 among people being treated in a communal setting. For this reason at this time, visitation will not be allowed on the CP South Inpatient Psychiatric Unit or in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (Recovery Room). We suggest connecting with your loved ones through other means such as telephone calls.

We will continue to assess these policies to ensure that they reflect the most current knowledge and support our long-standing commitment to person-centered care.

Patient & Visitor Information

Dining Services

Griffin Hospital's dining room offers a wide selection of hot and cold meals, snacks, and beverages.

Griffin Greetings

Send a free greeting card to a patient.

Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts

An old-fashioned neighborhood pharmacy and gift shop. Free local prescription delivery service is available.

Planetree Services & Amenities

Planetree Services & Amenities

Hair Salon

Hair salon and nail services are available for patients at Griffin Hospital.

Social Services

Our social workers can assist you by providing referrals to appropriate community agencies, support groups, or when applying for Medicaid, disability or other entitlements.

Spiritual Care & Interfaith Chapel

Griffin Hospital offers religious & chaplain services for patients and visitors.

Whether you are here as a patient or visitor, we want your visit to be as comfortable and convenient as possible.

The following information provides useful information about our visitor policy, parking, dining services, and more.

An ATM is located in front of Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts, just off the main lobby corridor.

Volunteer ambassadors are stationed in our main lobby and Emergency Department to provide wheelchair assistance or to escort you to your destination. 

Learn more about volunteering at Griffin Hospital

Our main dining room is located on the ground floor of the hospital and offers a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks, and beverages. 

Meal Hours

  • Breakfast:  6:45 AM to 9:45 AM
  • Lunch:  11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Dinner:  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Guest Trays

Guest trays are available for visitors who wish to dine with a patients in their rooms. A meal must be purchased from the cafeteria cashier by 11 a.m. that day for lunch and by 4 p.m. for dinner. Visitor meals are served along with patient meals. The dietary department can be reached by dialing (203) 732-7888 (ext. 7888 from inside line).

Vending Machines

Vending machines are located on the Ground Floor, down the hall from the patient registration lobby. The area is open around the clock. Coffee and soda are available in our Emergency Department 24 hours a day.


Fully-equipped eat-in kitchens are located on patient floors for patients and their visitors.

Flowers, gifts, and mail for an inpatient may be mailed to:

Patient Name
Griffin Hospital
130 Division St.
Derby, CT 06418

Flowers, gifts, and mail addressed to a patient will be delivered to their room. Any mail received after discharge will be forwarded to the patient's home address. Outgoing mail may be given to a nurse or volunteer or deposited into the mailbox, located just outside the the Childbirth Center entrance. Gifts, flowers, and postage stamps are available for purchase from Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts; delivery is free.

Cheer your friend or loved one by sending a Griffin Greeting.  The message will be printed and delivered by one of our volunteers.

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Griffin Pharmacy & Gifts is located on the ground floor of Griffin Hospital, off the main lobby.  Available merchandise includes over-the-counter medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements, surgical supplies, candy and snacks, gifts, flowers, cards and more.  Gift and prescription delivery service available. 

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A Guest Services Representative is available in the main lobby from 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM and can provide patient information, directions, and answer questions.

Our Community Health Resource Center is a free lending-library of consumer-level health and lifestyle materials to our patients, visitors, and community members. Computers with Internet access are also available. Satellite resource centers are located on patient floors and in the Center for Cancer Care.

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Our main lobby entrance is open from 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM. If you arrive earlier than 6:30 AM or later than 8:00 PM, please enter through the Childbirth Center, located at the front of the building, or through our Emergency Department.

Free WiFi service is available to patients and visitors and desktop computers are available in our Health Resource Center and in the Satellite Resource Centers, located on patient floors.

Parking at Griffin Hospital is free.

Our main parking lot is located in front of the hospital main entrance and a second lot is available next to the hospital on Seymour Avenue. Additional parking is located down the street at the Center for Cancer Care. Parking for the Emergency Department is located at the Emergency entrance.

Valet Parking

Valet parking is available between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the main entrance. Valet parking is free for patients and their escorts.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is available directly in front of the hospital.

Directions to Griffin Hospital

Public Transportation

Taxi Service

  • Valley Cab Co.
    (203) 732-8294

Amentities for health and wellness

A number of complementary services and amenities are available to patients and visitors to aid in healing and relaxation.

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Our interfaith chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital's East wing. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, daily. The chapel is always open for prayer and meditation. Spiritual services and meditations are scheduled regularly and individual contact with patients and family members is available upon request.

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For the health, safety, and comfort, smoking is prohibited in all areas of the hospital campus - indoors and outdoors.

We have a liberal visiting policy, based on the preference and condition of our patients. Most units allow patient visiting at any time, unless the patient's condition prevents it. Patients can designate specific visitors, including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic partner (including same sex domestic partners), another family member or a friend. Patients may also withdraw or deny their consent for visitors at any time. The hospital will not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privilege on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. While in the hospital, we ask that you speak quietly, silence electronic devices, and avoid unnecessary noise.

If you have a cold, sore throat, or other contagious condition, please delay your visit until you are well.

Wheelchairs are available upon request at the main entrance and in the Emergency Department.