COVID-19 Visitor Policies
(Updated September 2021)
STARTING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, VISITATION TO OUR HOSPITAL WILL RESUME.
ALL VISITORS will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and
close contact with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
before entering the hospital.
Visitors must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be
provided at the hospital entrances. Please also show your
- “Fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 means: two weeks or more after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks or more after receiving a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson /Janssen).
Visitors who are NOT fully vaccinated for
COVID-19: proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken
within 72 hours must be provided before each visit.
- Masks are required at all SMMC locations.
- Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record Portal (get a link to a QR code and a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record)
- Acceptable proof of vaccination options
Find out where to get
a COVID-19 test
Our team is taking special precautions to keep our community of staff, patients, and families safe while at San Mateo Medical Center. Visitors are asked to follow all safety requirements. Our lobbies/waiting areas have been blocked off or closed off to enable physical distancing. You will be redirected to an approved seating or standing area for you and/or your group. The care team will help and answer any questions you have.
INPATIENT VISITORS (ICU, 2AB, 3AB)
Monday – Friday, 10AM to 8PM
Saturday – Sunday, 10AM to 4PM
All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and close contact with COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to entering the hospital AND once they arrive in the unit. All visits will be limited to 30 minutes at this time. No children under 18 allowed at this time.
Inpatient Visiting Rules (handouts)
Appointments for visits are required and must be scheduled 24
hours in advance. Visitors must complete a pre-screening with the
care team before the visit date and time are confirmed. All
visits will be limited to 30 minutes. No children under 18 at
More information can be found HERE.
OUTPATIENT & CLINIC RESTRICTIONS
Visitors are not permitted to accompany adult patients unless they require special assistance due to a disability or impaired understanding, or unless they are the patient’s primary caregiver*.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT (ED) RESTRICTIONS
Visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Department patient areas (including Registration and Waiting Room). Exceptions are made and listed below*.
*EXCEPTIONS (applies to all patients)
- Children (12 & under): Children under 12 are not allowed at this time.
- End of life: At the discretion of Infection Control, Nursing manager, and the care team.
- Mobility support: Outpatient only–One (1) visitor to accompany patient to their appointment.
- Dependent patient support: One (1) in-person support to accompany patients with psychosocial, intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities who rely on in-person support at home for medically necessary care to their appointment.
- Surgery: A support individual can provide contact information to team for updates regarding status and pick-up time.
- Communication and cognitive assistance: One (1) support person is allowed access into the ED with patient to facilitate communication and/or provide additional information regarding the patient’s condition an/or history at the discretion of the Charge Nurse/Manager. The presence of this support person does not replace a qualified interpreter, rather prevents gaps in understanding when there is an emergency involving a health need.
PATIENT AND LOVED ONE SUPPORT
We understand the importance of staying connected and how
that contributes to our loved one’s healing. To stay connected
with your loved one while they are with us at San Mateo Medical
Center, we have support on-site for you and your family.
For questions, call the Patient Experience Team at 650-573-3731.
We encourage you to use FaceTime, Skype, or other video platforms to stay connected with your loved one. If the patient does not have a device—smart phones and tablets are available on the units. Just ask the Nursing Staff for support with this.
We are here for you and your loved one in these times of emotional stress. Upon arrival, our Spiritual Care Team calls within 24-72 hours of admission to Welcome the Patient and explain the role of the Spiritual Care Department and our Chaplain. Please let a member of the healthcare team know if you and/or the patient would like to schedule an appointment with the Chaplain.
Healing and Encouragement Notes for Patient
If you wish to send your loved one a note or a photo that can be posted in their room, we will make sure it gets to them. Please send the photo or note as an email to HS_SMMC_PatientExperience@smcgov.org with your contact information along with the patient’s name.
Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 8:30 PM, Saturday – Sunday: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Personal items and food drop-offs are welcome. The Patient Experience Team are present at the Main and West Entrances and can receive any items you drop off. To ensure we get the item to your loved one, you will need to complete a drop off item ticket with our staff who receives the item. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Special instructions for 1A Patients and Families only: 1A staff are able to pick up items dropped off by friends and family at the entrances at 11:45AM and 4:30PM every day. Please be mindful of this time-frame
when dropping off items.
- Unfortunately, we cannot allow flowers in any patient rooms.
- Items may not be dropped off at our Emergency Entrance.
A team of doctors and nurses are focused on the health of your loved one. We are doing all we can to keep them comfortable and help them heal. If you are concerned about the status of their health, talk to their nurse about the best way to get updates. Call 650-573-2222 and asked to be transferred to the nursing unit. We follow all privacy laws to protect our patients so what they can share may vary.