June 24, 2020
Sun City Center, Florida - South Bay Hospital is implementing a new visitor policy on Thursday, June 25, 2020, as a result of the increase in the community spread of COVID-19 in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. No visitors will permitted for admitted patients to help ensure the safety of our patients and caregivers, and one visitor may accompany patients who are arriving for outpatient surgery and for emergency needs. The policy is as follows:
In order to protect our patients, visitors, physicians, and caregivers from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID)
- Inpatient units – No visitors are permitted.
- End-of-life situations
- Labor and delivery
- One visitor is allowed
- Post-partum unit, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and pediatrics unit
- Two visitors are allowed and may stay overnight
- Behavioral health units
- A patient’s attorney of record, a state of federal representative on official duty, and end-of-life situation visitors are allowed
- Emergency room – One visitor is allowed per patient in the ER.
- Outpatient procedures – One visitor is allowed per patient who is having an outpatient surgery or other outpatient procedure requiring sedation.
- Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
Exceptions must be approved by the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and can be made for:
Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
Visitor must remain in the designated waiting area. If the patient is admitted as an inpatient, the visitor must leave as visitors are not allowed in inpatient areas.
All persons authorized to enter the hospital must wear a mask at all times, including in a patient’s room and practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room. They will have their temperature taken, be screened for illness, and asked the following questions:
- Have you had a fever and signs/symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, flu-like symptoms, or shortness of breath)?
- Have you traveled outside the country within the last 14 days (including a cruise)?
- Have you traveled by plane or train in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 without wearing the proper protective equipment?
- Are you currently being tested for COVID-19?
If you answer positive (yes) to any of the above – we will not allow entrance to the facility unless seeking emergency medical assistance.
Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.