Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Visitation Guidelines, as of 11.25.2020 (Haga clic aquí para español)
Due to the increasing number of patients with COVID-19 and PUIs in the hospital and in the community, we are suspending all visitation effective Friday, November 20, 2020. While we recognize the positive health benefits a visit from a loved one or friend can have on a patient’s recovery, the safety and well-being of all our patients and our staff is our first priority.
Please note that exceptions (per DOH’s May 20, 2020, COVID-19 Revised Visitation Guidance) will continue to be made for:
Patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient (medically necessary) including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia
Patients in immediate end-of-life situations
Visitors are not permitted in OB with the exception of the designated support person and doula/midwife for patients in labor, delivery, and for the remainder of the patients’ admission
No visitors are allowed in the Emergency Department, Procedural Areas or the Recovery Room (exceptions are listed in DOH’s May 20, 2020, COVID-19 Revised Visitation Guidance)
COVID-19 Testing Information
What is the difference between a COVID-19 PCR (nasal) swab, which is a viral test, and a COVID-19 Antibody Test? A viral test checks for a current infection. An antibody test checks for a previous infection.
COVID-19 PCR Swab Testing (Diagnoses if you have an active coronavirus infection)
Parrish Memorial Hall (Corner of Lewis Street & Herrick Road, Southampton)
Mondays through Saturdays from 8am to 6pm by appointment only, schedule directly online
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 Antibodies test (with a physician's prescription) at the below locations, please email SBSH_PatientAccessCallCenter@stonybrookmedicine.edu or call 631-396-6400 OR Click here to make an appointment online for the following locations:
(A Patient Access Team Member will contact you for pre-registration.)
Please note the following update from NYS DOH on 6/14/2020:
Updated Guidance for Resumption of Non-Essential Elective Surgeries and Non-Urgent Procedures in Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Office Based Surgery Practices and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers
The April 29 directive included a requirement that hospitals test all patients receiving elective surgeries and procedures for COVID-19 and patients must test negative for COVID-19 using a molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA prior to any such surgery or procedure. The requirement to administer the test has been revised from three days prior to the elective surgery or procedure, to five days prior to the elective surgery or procedure, and this requirement extends to include both inpatients and outpatients. Test results must be received and reviewed before conducting the surgery or procedure. The only exception would be a non-scheduled emergent procedure, where testing prior to surgery may not be feasible. In this case, a thorough screening and history should be taken, as well as other appropriate precautions. A test should be performed as soon as possible and if positive, may result in the need for health care worker exposure protocols to be followed.
Tenga en cuenta la siguiente actualización por parte del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York a partir de 14/06/2020:
Guía Actualizada para la Reanudación de Cirugías Electivas No Esenciales y Procedimientos No Urgentes en Hospitales, Centros de Cirugía Ambulatoria, Prácticas de Cirugía en Consultorios y Centros de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento
La directiva del 29 de abril incluyó el requisito de que los hospitales evalúen a todos los pacientes que reciben cirugías y procedimientos electivos para COVID-19 y los pacientes deben dar negativo para COVID-19 usando un ensayo molecular para la detección de ARN de SARS-CoV-2 antes de cualquier cirugía o procedimiento. El requisito de administrar la prueba se ha actualizado de tres días antes de la cirugía o procedimiento electivo, a cinco días antes de la cirugía o procedimiento electivo, y este requisito se extiende para incluir tanto a pacientes internos como ambulatorios. Los resultados de la prueba deben recibirse y revisarse antes de realizar la cirugía o el procedimiento. La única excepción sería un procedimiento de emergencia no programado, donde las pruebas antes de la cirugía pueden no ser factibles. En este caso, se debe hacer un examen exhaustivo y un historial, así como otras precauciones apropiadas. Se debe realizar una prueba lo antes posible y, si es positiva, puede resultar en la necesidad de seguir los protocolos de exposición de los trabajadores de la salud.
Elective Surgeries Resume
Every day we continue to save lives. Over the last three months, we have successfully discharged 117 COVID patients. Additionally, thanks to our community's steadfast adherence to the Governor’s orders and the CDC and DOH guidelines, today we can report an impressive decline in COVID admissions.
We are heartened by this progress and are planning, in accordance with guidance from our colleagues at Stony Brook Medicine, the CDC and the DOH, to resume elective surgeries and screening procedures beginning in June. It is important everyone get the treatments needed to be healthy.
Anyone requiring emergency care, including those suffering with symptoms of cardiac disease, stroke, serious injury, or other acute ailments, should not hesitate to go to our Emergency Department. As a Hospital, we have the most advanced sanitizing technology, including UV-C lights and EPA- approved chemical disinfectants, as well as the professional expertise and experience to provide a safe environment. In fact, there is no known case of a patient contracting COVID-19 while visiting our Hospital. We do not expose non-COVID patients to those who test positive or may have symptoms. Our Hospital is safe and ready to provide excellent care.
The CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face masks in public spaces. To learn more, including how to make a cloth mask, please click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Screening Process for Patients Presenting with Symptoms
- All patients who present to the institution, both to ambulatory sites and the Emergency Department, are screened on arrival using the CDC recommendations.
- Questions include fever or symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as cough and difficulty breathing. In addition to travel history, patients are asked about exposure to known cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days before symptom onset.
- Should a patient arrive at the hospital with cough or fever, they are directed to put on a mask before entering the ED.
- Anyone who the clinician believes is a suspected case of COVID-19 is immediately placed on respiratory isolation, and infection control and the Department of Health is contacted.
- The current protocol includes a detailed attempt to eliminate other causes of acute respiratory infection, including influenza. If another cause of symptoms is found, then appropriate care for that illness is instituted, and if appropriate, isolation discontinued. If the patient meets the criteria for a patient under investigation (PUI), specimens are obtained and sent to the lab in Albany. The current turnover time is 3-5 days and the patient remains on isolation until the results return from their lab.
- Isolation is strictly enforced. The CDC has guidelines to limit staff exposure to these potentially infected COVID-19 patients before test results are available.
- Nursing, physician and ancillary staff involved in the care of these patients have been trained in appropriate precautions.
- We are actively making contingency plans should we see a surge of patients that exceed capacity.
Stony Brook Southampton is strictly following all CDC and DOH guidelines and policies. Maternity patients should call 631-238-0018 Hamptons OB/GYN and bring their prenatal information. Maternity patients are permitted a support person and a doula or midwife.