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Visitation Restrictions: For Candler Hospital Surgery Patients

Due to limited space in our Candler Hospital Outpatient Surgery waiting area, we have developed the following guidelines in order to ensure appropriate social distancing for all patients with appointments who enter through the outpatient surgery entrance.


One visitor/family member may accompany you while you are here for surgery. However, they are asked not to wait in the lobby.  The visitor/family member should drop you off to check in and then wait in their car until after we have taken you to a room. Once the nurse finishes prepping you for surgery, you or the nurse may call your visitor to come wait with you in the room.  Once you are taken to surgery, we ask that your visitor/family member wait outside of the facility until your return from surgery.  After surgery, your surgeon will call your visitor/family member, if they are designated, to notify them that surgery has been completed and to provide any necessary updates.  After surgery, you will remain in the recovery room until you wake up and will return to your room once you meet that criteria. At that time, a nurse will call to let your visitor/family member know that they may come to your room and wait with you until discharge.


Both parents, or legal guardians, may accompany children having surgery while in their preoperative room.

While waiting for registration or an available room, we ask that only one parent wait in the lobby with the child.  Once the child in in the room, the second parent or caregiver may go to that room.

Once the child is taken to surgery, we ask that parents wait in their car or close by until you receive a phone call to return. One parent will be asked to come to the recovery room while the other care giver will remain outside until the child returns to their day surgery room.

All patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms; cough, fever, body aches or other symptoms. You will be asked these questions and your temperature will be taken upon arrival.

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