At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

What to expect at Shriners Healthcare for Children  — Florida.

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Coronavirus: What to expect at Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida

Coronavirus: What to expect at Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida

The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our highest priority. Due to the abundance of caution currently surrounding the coronavirus disease (COVD-19), Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida has implemented some changes to ensure the safety of everyone at our facility. We are working closely with the health department and other response agencies to keep abreast of this evolving situation, but be advised that until further notice:

  • Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida will be restricting appointments to ONLY those patients with urgent medical issues, including fractures and injuries. For the health and safety of our patients while coronavirus (COVID-19) is present in Florida, the Tampa facility is following recommendations from the CDC to prioritize urgent visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. At this time, our clinical staff is reviewing future appointments and will call your family directly to reschedule. If you would like to proactively reach out to reschedule OR cancel your appointment, you are welcome to call 813-975-7106. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your understanding. Please be advised: no routine patients or “walk in” appointments will be permitted at this time. For injuries or fractures call 813-866-7740 to make an appointment. This is in an attempt to keep the number of people in the building at one time to a minimum.
  • We are limiting visitors to allow ONLY the patient and one parent/guardian to enter the building to reduce the opportunity for infection. We suggest siblings and others remain at home, otherwise they will be required to remain outside or in the car until the appointment has concluded. This means any previously scheduled facility tours, visits from community supporters/partners, media outlets, etc., should be considered canceled. Established Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida volunteers are still permitted at this time; however, we strongly urge anyone over the age of 60 and/or anyone with cardiac or respiratory disease, diabetes or an impaired immune system to stay home.
  • All visitors who enter the building for services must be well. To ensure this, every patient/family member will be screened for the following symptoms upon arrival at the facility: fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or epidemiologic risks (travel to epidemic areas or known exposure.) An isolation plan is in place should we identify anyone potentially positive for COVID-19.
  • In-kind donations, including can tab collections, will not be accepted until further notice. For more information on other ways to give and support our mission, please contact the development office at 813-975-7119.

Our hope is to reduce the spread of disease. If you or someone in your group is not feeling well, please stay at home. Please do not visit if you have been near someone with COVID-19, or you have traveled to a country where you may have been exposed. Everyone can do their part to help reduce the spread of disease by using these easy, preventive actions.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Additionally, build your body’s overall health resilience by eating well, exercising, getting plenty of rest and staying up to date on vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine each year and it is not too late to be vaccinated.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in your work space, such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs.

County Public Health officials have recommended canceling large group events in Florida in hopes of reducing the spread of the coronavirus. With this in mind, Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida has stopped sending our staff and patient ambassadors to all fundraising or community events until further notice. All other upcoming events/meetings to held at our facility will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Questions or concerns? Please contact our Director of Patient Care Services, Denita Todd, at 813-975-7131.