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Visiting a patient

Visiting a patient

Visiting a patient

Visiting hours

Family and friends may visit between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Visitation policies

All visitors must receive an ID badge at the front desk in the lobby prior to entering the inpatient area. Any visitor without an ID badge will be asked to return to the front desk to receive the appropriate badge.

Patients may receive up to three visitors at a time depending on the patient’s condition. The hospital reserves the right to limit/restrict visitation for reasons including, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Risk of infection by the visitor
  • Risk of infection by the patient
  • Disruptive behavior or behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to the patient, hospital staff or others in the immediate environment
  • Patient’s need for privacy or rest
  • A pandemic or infectious disease outbreak necessitating extraordinary protections

One family member, preferably a parent/legal guardian, may room-in with the patient. Familial relationships include: grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother. If no familial relationship exists, e.g. foster parents, the appropriateness of the rooming-in situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals rooming-in will be required to wear a pink identification band for access to meals at no cost.

Patient gifts

Gift deliveries from outside vendors are delivered to the hospital at the front desk. Patient visitors may take gifts directly to the patient. Mylar balloons are allowed in all areas except the special care unit. Latex balloons are not allowed due to allergy and choking hazards. Live plants or cut flowers are generally allowed in all areas except the special care unit and may be restricted if it is determined they pose a risk of spreading germs. Deliveries made to the hospital that are not allowed on the units will be kept at the front desk.

Patient confidentiality

Visitors are asked to respect patient confidentiality. Videotaping, photographing or taking digital images in the hospital is prohibited unless approved by the hospital’s privacy officer and authorized by the patient.

Additional policies and safety

Patients, parents and other visitors may not carry or possess any weapons or firearms at the hospital or on hospital grounds.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa is a tobacco-free hospital. Smoking or use of tobacco products on the premises is prohibited.

Food services

The Twin Palms Café is located on the first floor. Please see the Food services page for additional information.
   
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