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Limited Visitation Policy & Visitor Requirements

Based on current COVID-19 indicators, we have determined that SMH can safely ease some restrictions on hospital visitors. The following are our updated visitor requirements and visitation policy for Sarasota Memorial Hospital as of Monday, Sept. 28.

Note that all visitors must be 18 years or older and must wear a mask; upon entry, they must answer COVID-19 screening questions and will have their temperature checked.

Loved ones who cannot visit are encouraged to connect with patients via calls, texts and video calling apps like FaceTime and WhatsApp.

Visitation Policy

  • Hospital inpatients may have 1 visitor per day for a 1-hour visit between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Critical Care patients may have 1 visitor per day for a 30-minute visit between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 2 parents/designated caregivers.

  • Labor & Delivery patients may have 1 support person. In the event a mother is transferred to SMH, a certified doula or community midwife also will be permitted.

  • Mother-Baby patients may have 1 support person.

  • Emergency Care Center (ER) patients are allowed to have 1 visitor, who may accompany the patient to the emergency care treatment room or may wait in the hospital’s main lobby and use a cell phone to communicate with the patient.

  • Patients in surgical, procedural and testing areas may each have 1 support person. The support person must remain on the first floor or in the designated waiting area.

  • Visitors are NOT permitted for patients with COVID-19, suspected or confirmed.

  • Vendor visits require advance hospital approval.

Exceptions to this visitor policy may be made in certain extraordinary circumstances, including end-of-life situations.

Visitor Requirements

  • Visitors must be age 18 or older.

  • Visitors must undergo a screening and temperature check upon entry.

  • Visitors are required to wear a mask that covers nose and mouth at all times.

  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit.

Note — Visitation is currently not permitted at the Bayside Center for Behavioral Health or the Sarasota Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.