Sarasota Memorial Hospital is opening its doors to more visitors due to a drop in hospitalizations and the availability of Covid-19 vaccinations. The hospital has resumed normal visiting hours from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Most patients will be allowed to have two visitors at a time by their bedside during visiting hours. In general, visitors must be age 16 or older. Certain departments, including the Mother-Baby Unit, Critical Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, have department-specific guidelines people should check before visiting. In the Mother-Baby Unit, for example, siblings may visit from 3-5 p.m. daily, and one visitor may stay overnight. SMH is still restricting visitors for patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, with exceptions for extraordinary circumstances such as end-of-life situations.
The hospital is maintaining a universal masking policy for all staff, providers and visitors in public and patient-care areas of its facilities, as well as many other pandemic protocols as it continues to monitor transmission rates of the virus in the region. Proof of a Covid-19 shot is not required to visit patients in the hospital; however, no one should visit the hospital if they do not feel well or have any symptoms of respiratory illness.
SMH’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health will remain closed for in-person visitation, but staff can assist with virtual or phone visits. The hospital’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Rand Boulevard will continue to allow visitation by appointment.