Visitation During COVID

Updated 1/6/2021

SCREENINGS AND MASKS REQUIRED

Anyone entering a Baptist Health Care location must be screened for COVID-19 and have a temperature check via a touchless forehead thermometer. Please allow extra time upon arrival for this screening (approximately 15 minutes). Screening stations are set up at select entrances of all our locations.

To ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff and the community, appropriate social distancing arrangements must be maintained in all areas of the facilities, and face masks or cloth face coverings must be worn at all times. Patients with outpatient appointments are encouraged to bring their own face mask or cloth face covering.

Patients who have appointments at one of the outpatient departments within the hospitals, medical parks or any of the physician offices are not considered visitors and may enter after screening.

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

Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital Only

NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME

  • Visitors are not allowed at our hospitals (Baptist, Gulf Breeze and Jay* hospitals) at this time as we must take extra steps to protect our patients, team members and the community against COVID-19.

ONE CAREGIVER/SUPPORT PERSON PER PATIENT

  • We recognize and value the vital role family and friends play in restoring the health of their loved ones. One caregiver/support person per patient is permitted. A caregiver/support person is defined as one designated person who will be allowed to visit the patient. Patients may have more than one caregiver/support person visit them throughout the day, but only one at a time is allowed in the facility. Other visitors and well-wishers should communicate with loved ones by mobile device or video chat.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, no caregivers/support persons are allowed in rooms of patients who are currently positive for COVID-19 or waiting for COVID-19 test results. This includes caregivers/support persons who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.S Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.
  • Entrances: Caregivers/support persons who need to be with 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. Caregivers/support persons of inpatients at Gulf Breeze Hospital should enter through the emergency department.
  • No Caregivers/support persons allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are allowed to visit.
  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
  • At the discretion of the hospital staff, a caregiver/support person may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.

VIRTUAL VISITS WITH HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS

  • We understand the importance of maintaining close communication between patients and their families during this time. We encourage patients to communicate by phone, mobile device or a video chat service.
  • The Baptist information technology department has also provided Chromebooks equipped with the Zoom application for patients without access to a smartphone. A hospital representative can facilitate necessary arrangements as needed.

Behavioral Medicine Center (Behavioral Health Inpatient Departments Only)

  • No caregivers/support persons are allowed at the Behavioral Medicine Center at this time.
  • Visitation for youth patients is limited to parents/guardians only. No siblings or anyone under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.

Jay Hospital

  • Caregivers/support persons are permitted at Jay Hospital under strict guidelines. Call 850.675.8216 for details.

Physician Practices/Urgent Care/Medical Parks/Emergency Departments

We recognize and value the vital role family and friends play in restoring the health of their loved ones. One caregiver/support person per patient is permitted to accompany a patient to a visit.

Out of an abundance of caution, no caregivers/support persons are allowed in the emergency department for patients who are currently positive for COVID-19 or waiting for COVID-19 test results. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we must take this necessary step to ensure the safety of people in our care, our team members and our community.

Thank you and be well!