Visitor Restriction Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Safety is our highest priority. South Shore Hospital is striving to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 situation to ensure safe patient care as well as family and visitor safety.

Effective March 17, 2020 and until further notice, South Shore Hospital is restricting visitors: we are NOT allowing visitors for admitted patients. Some exceptions may apply on a case-by-case basis, upon the approval of the Nursing Supervisor after consultation with the patient’s Attending Physician.

This is a critical step in helping reduce the transmission of COVID-19 to the community. South Shore Hospital provides care to elderly patients with complex conditions, including many with compromised immune systems. These patients are at the highest risk of serious complications from COVID-19 infections, including death.

South Shore Hospital is continuing to provide care for these patients during this outbreak. It is our responsibility to protect them to the greatest extent possible from visitors who may unknowingly have the virus. In addition, South Shore Hospital has a responsibility to protect the safety of its health workers. Preventing avoidable exposure among our workforce also is critical to ensure that we can continue to respond to this pandemic.

We understand this is not going to be an easy or welcome transition.

Patients will be given notice regarding Visitor Restriction upon admission.

We understand family members or loved ones can play an important role in decision making. Patients are invited to choose one family member or loved one to be designated as a single individual who will be the point of contact for all information and conversations with SSH care providers. The Responsible/Primary Nurse will coordinate with the designated individual at least once a day. This chosen designated contact person should be willing to communicate and coordinate with the other family members or loved ones. This will allow SSH care providers to best attend to patients.

Limited exceptions may be granted based on extenuating circumstances
Only one (1) visitor will be allowed
Allowed visitor will be screened at the point of entry to SSH
Anyone with fever, cough, or flu-like illness will not be allowed

Please know this is to ensure everyone’s safety during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you for your cooperation.