Your health and safety are our top priority.
New England Sinai Hospital is fully prepared to care for our patients and community.
Out of an abundance of caution, effective November 2, 2020, we implemented visitor restrictions. This was in response to the increased presence of COVID-19 in our community and is designed to further protect our patients, their families and our staff.
We remain ready to serve all of your health care needs and have taken the necessary steps to ensure patients can receive care in a safe environment.
Our stringent safety measures include: mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, and vigilant cleaning in all areas, which includes the use of EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants validated for use against COVID-19. We also screen all health care workers and vendors before they enter the hospital.
General Hospital and Transitional Care Unit (TCU) Visitation Policy Effective November 2, 2020, Until Further Notice:
Visitors will be restricted from visiting the hospital as well as the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) in an effort to promote the protection and safety of our patients and caregivers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances and will be considered on a case-by-case basis:
- Extenuating circumstances (such as hospice and end-of-life care) will be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient. All exceptions must be approved by senior leadership.
- Please note: For patients with physical and intellectual disabilities, ONE support person over the age of 18 is permitted. Support persons must pass our screening process, and there are no restrictions on visiting hours for support persons.
Visitors or caregivers qualifying for these exceptions must:
- Meet clinical criteria used for general visitation, e.g., pass COVID-19 screening. The screening includes a temperature and symptom check, at least 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improved symptoms.
- Use PPE appropriate for the patient they are supporting. In the event the patient is COVID positive, the support person must use hospital-provided PPE.
- Wear a face mask for the duration of their visit and are encouraged to bring their own masks; surgical masks will be provided to visitors who don’t have their own. Scarves, bandannas, and handkerchiefs are not allowed. Refusal to wear a mask will result in the revocation of visitation privileges.
While we are sensitive to the difficulties facing loved ones of hospitalized patients, our health care team must keep our patients and staff safe during this unprecedented health emergency.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime and Google Duo.