Mask Exemption Letters At South Shore Medical Center
South Shore Medical Center providers and staff strongly believe that when you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself. Simply put, masks work best when everyone wears one.
Individuals age 2 years old and older should wear masks in public settings and when around people who dont live in their household.
To clarify our policy on this issue, South Shore Medical Center does not write mask exemption letters for either school or employment, except for:
- Patients who have a disability impacting their executive function, who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, for reasons related to the disability. This includes, but is not limited to, severe autism, advanced dementia, or genetic disorders resulting in significant cognitive impairment.
- Patients for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment.
This policy is aligned with current CDC guidelines. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Patients & Visitors Of The Cancer Center
We recognize its important for cancer patients to have a caregiver or loved one with them for support during treatment. However, to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have reviewed our visitor policy to protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff.
We have enacted the following changes to our visitor policy at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Womens Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital:
- Visitors are not allowed to accompany adult patients, with very limited exceptions.
- All people entering the Cancer Center will be screened for symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches, or rash.
- Patients who have symptoms of a cold of flu should call their provider before arrival.
- Patients must use the main entrance, with the second-floor entrance accessible to Cancer Center providers and staff only.
Additionally, the Cancer Center is now screening EMS transfers coming in, including patients and the EMS staff, while also decontaminating stretchers.
We appreciate your understanding and adherence to these changes. We will continue to make adjustments to our policies and procedures as needed so that we can maintain excellent care for our patients.