Our hospital's current visitor information
We want you to be informed of all the goings-on at the hospital, including construction alerts and evolving visitor policies. We know how important it is for our patients to have their loved ones with them while they receive medical care, so as we balance that need with the need to keep everyone safe, we are following these visitor policies. During this time, we recommend and encourage virtual communication with loved ones through the use of digital platforms and video chatting apps.
When you come to the hospital, staff will prescreen you using standard prescreening questions for COVID-19 and will require you to wear a mask, except when eating or drinking. You should enter each hospital through the emergency department or the main entrance.
Trident Medical Center
The main lobby entrance is locked at 8:30pm, and you may use the emergency room (ER) exit. All visitors must be at least 18 years old.
- General visiting hours — 11:00am to 9:00pm
- Critical care department (CCD) — 10:00am to 6:00pm and 8:30pm to 10:00pm
If you are visiting a patient without COVID-19, there are only two visitors allowed at one time. If you are visiting a patient with COVID-19, there is only one visitor allowed at one time. During that time, you must coordinate your visit with the patient's unit, stay exclusively in the patient's room and receive education from a member of our clinical team on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) use, hand hygiene, safe surface touching, social distancing and movement within the facility.
Summerville Medical Center
The main lobby entrance is locked at 8:30pm, and you may use the emergency room exit. All visitors must be at least 18 years old in all areas except the women's and children's unit. Exceptions to the visitation policy are allowed for end of life and compassionate care patients, as well as designated support persons for a patient with a disability. One support person is allowed to stay overnight for pediatric patients in the emergency department, medical/surgical unit, intensive care unit (ICU) and other critical care units.
- General visiting hours — 11:00am to 8:30pm
- ICU hours — 10:00am to 6:00pm and 8:00pm to 9:00pm
If you are visiting a patient without COVID-19, there are only two visitors allowed at one time, but visitors can rotate during visitation hours. In the women's and children's unit (labor and delivery, mother baby postpartum unit, Level II special care nursery and pediatric inpatient unit), three banded adult visitors are allowed at one time. Two adult support persons are allowed to stay overnight. Siblings are allowed at all times in the women's and children's unit, but only post-delivery in the labor and delivery unit.
If you are visiting a patient with COVID-19, there is only one visitor allowed at one time. During that time, you must coordinate your visit with the patient's unit, stay exclusively in the patient's room and receive education from a member of our clinical team on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) use, hand hygiene, safe surface touching, social distancing and movement within the facility
Facts and the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccination
See the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) resource page for extensive information and the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Why get vaccinated?
Immunization helps save millions of lives every year. Whereas most medicines treat or cure diseases, vaccines can help prevent them by working with your body's natural defenses to build protection. When you receive a vaccine, your immune system responds.
Vaccines prevent more than 20 life-threatening diseases, and help people of all ages live longer, healthier lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally, immunization currently prevents between two and three million deaths every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles.
COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask and staying at least six feet away from others, may help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, vaccination, while following the CDC's recommendations for protecting yourself and others, will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
We appreciate that you have chosen our hospital, and want to do everything we can to make sure you are satisfied with your experience. During your time with us, please let your healthcare team know how they can best serve you.