We do not allow designated drivers/support persons to wait inside the hospital. Your support person may wait in their car or leave the hospital premises. We encourage enrollment in our Family Touch program. This is a program that allows text messaging to contacts you have identified who will receive text messaging from the nurses updating them on your progress. For example, they should receive a text your surgery/procedure has started, you have arrived in the recovery room and you are ready for discharge with a contact number to call for information.
The designated driver/family member must wait outside the hospital.
L + M Hospital or Westerly Hospital
Family is currently asked to wait either home or somewhere comfortable for them with their phone number left for both the physician and hospital staff.
Yale New Haven Hospital
Same-day surgery/procedures at York Street and Saint Raphael campuses:
One support person/visitor may accompany you for same-day surgery/procedures. They will be screened and temperature checked on entry. All waiting areas are set up to provide social distancing to ensure visitors and patients are safe. If you are having an overnight stay, your one visitor can accompany you to the pre-surgical/procedural area and then must leave.
Same-day surgery/procedures at Shoreline Surgery Center:
We do not allow designated drivers/support persons to wait inside the Center pre-surgery/procedure or during the surgery/procedure. Your one support person may wait in their car and may visit you post-surgery/procedure in our recovery area.