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Patient and Visitor

COVID-19 Information

Our priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and community. Please read through the current requirements before coming to Bethesda.

Do you have COVID-19?

We ask you do not enter the hospital if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days and until symptoms resolve. Close contacts are also not permitted to enter the hospital until 7 days have passed from contact with the positive case. Please contact your doctors rooms if this affects your surgery or appointment. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our most vulnerable safe.

Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms?

Please do not visit the hospital if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell or taste.

Visitors and Visiting Hours.

Visitors are permitted at Bethesda during visiting hours. We do ask that visitors respect physical distancing in patient rooms. Visitors must be asymptomatic and are encouraged to wear a mask to help protect the vulnerable.

Riviera Surgical Ward – 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Palliative Care Unit – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Day Procedure Unit – No visitors

Rapid Antigen Testing for Patients.

Patients who have no COVID-19 like symptoms (asymptomatic) and are attending the hospital for scheduled surgery are no longer required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Patients who are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms (symptomatic) are required to complete a RAT no more than three hours prior to admission. We ask any symptomatic patients contact the hospital to make us aware of your symptoms, even if your RAT is negative, prior to presenting for admission.

If you are symptomatic and produce a POSITIVE test result, you will need to contact the hospital and your surgeons’ rooms to reschedule your surgery where it is safe to do so.