Visitation During COVID

Updated 7/1/2020

SCREENINGS REQUIRED

All patients entering any Baptist Health Care location must have a screening test and temperature check. Please allow extra time upon arrival for screening (approximately 15 minutes). Screening stations are set up at select entrances of all our locations.

Patients who have appointments at one of the outpatient departments within the hospitals may enter after screening and be accompanied by a support person. Appointments are required.

VISITATION RESTRICTIONS - (Read closely as it varies according to facility.)

NOTE: All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering at all times, must perform frequent hand hygiene, and must travel only to/from their designated location. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own face mask or cloth face covering to wear while in our facilities.

Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital Only

  • Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our community, we must take extra steps to protect our patients, team members and the community. One visitor at a time is allowed to visit a hospital inpatient. Any additional visitors who wish to be at the hospital will be asked to wait in their cars or come to the hospital another time. Only one visitor per patient is allowed inside the hospital. Please communicate with hospitalized loved ones by mobile device or video chat. .
  • Out of an abundance of caution, no visitors allowed in rooms of patients who are currently positive for COVID-19. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.
  • Entrances: Those who wish to visit a loved one who has been admitted to Baptist Hospital must enter through the main hospital entrance between 5 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. This entrance is located on the west side of the facility that is accessible from West Moreno Street. If visiting after hours, please enter through the emergency department. Visitors of inpatients at Gulf Breeze Hospital should enter through the emergency department.
  • Visitors will be provided a visitor “passport,” which must be displayed and visible during the entirety of the visit. At Baptist Hospital, when leaving the patient’s room, return passport to the check-in desk near the cafeteria if during the hours of 5 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. During the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., return passports to the check-in desk in the emergency department. At Gulf Breeze Hospital, please return passports to the check-in desk in the emergency department.
  • Please observe signage on the door of your loved one’s room. If indicated, check in at the nurses station for direction or assistance.
  • No visitors allowed in rooms of patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 while test results are pending. Once a negative result is confirmed, general visitation guidelines will apply.
  • One visitor is allowed in the waiting room for patients undergoing same-day surgery. Visitors are not allowed in the pre-op, intra-op or recovery areas. The designated family member will be called every hour for updates and to review discharge information.
  • No visitors allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
  • At the discretion of the hospital staff, a visitor may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.

Behavioral Medicine Center (Behavioral Health Inpatient Departments Only)

  • Per state of Florida, there is no visitation allowed to adult mental health treatment facilities at this time.
  • Youth visitation is limited to parents/guardians only. No siblings or anyone under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.

Jay Hospital

  • NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME. Per the state of Florida, no visitation is allowed to skilled nursing facilities at this time. Jay Hospital falls under this order due to short term skilled care provided within the acute care facility.
  • Please communicate with hospitalized loved ones by mobile device or video chat.
  • One visitor allowed in the waiting room for patients undergoing same-day surgery. Visitors are not allowed in the pre-op, intra-op or recovery areas. The designated family member will be called every hour for updates and to review discharge information.

EXCEPTIONS

A visitor whose presence is essential to the care of a patient may be allowed to visit. “Essential” is defined as one or more of the following:

  • Patients who may be impaired and require a support person to care for them
  • Patients with disruptive behavior in which a support person is key to their care
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (in which support person is key to their safe care)
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
  • For patients receiving end of life care, our team will arrange visitation times with loved ones. During such times, your questions and concerns will be addressed.

Surgery Center at Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile

A visitor whose presence is essential to the care of a patient may be allowed to visit. “Essential” is defined as one or more of the following:

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany the patient to the building and may wait in the Azalea Room. Visitors may enter the building but are not allowed in the actual surgery center.
  • Visitors will be screened at the door and must wear a mask or cloth face covering and follow social distancing rules.
  • For patient pick up and discharge instructions, visitors may bring their car to the discharge area, and discharge instructions will be given at the car.

VIRTUAL VISITS WITH HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS

We understand the importance of maintaining close communication between patients and their families during this stressful time. We encourage patients to communicate by mobile device or a video chat service. The Baptist information technology department has also provided Chromebooks equipped with the Zoom app that patients without access to a smartphone can use to have face time with their families.

Thank you and be well!