Patients & Visitors

Patient Information

About Visiting Patients

Having visitors can be a source of comfort for the patient and helps to support them in their treatment and recovery, therefore open visitation will be allowed for those identified by the patient. Rest and quiet, however, are an important part of a patient's therapy. We therefore ask that visitors observe a few necessary guidelines:

  • Please use the front entrance to the hospital when possible. After 8:00pm, the front doors will be locked. At that time, please enter through the Emergency Room entrance.
  • Please speak in quiet tones and be considerate of other patients.
  • Visitors and patients are not permitted to smoke within the hospital.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave under the following circumstances
    • At the patient’s request
    • A procedure is being performed
    • The visitor is loud, disruptive or causing the patient to become agitated
    • There is suspicion that illicit drugs or paraphernalia is being provided to the patient
    • Visitation is not in the best interest of the patient
    • Please keep in mind that for safety reasons, patients are required to stay on their respective unit.

Gift Shop

Open Monday-Friday from 9:00am - 4:30pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

The hospital gift shop is run by the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to high school seniors entering the healthcare field.

Can’t bring it yourself? Have it Delivered!

The gift shops sells flowers, candy and balloons that can be delivered to the patient’s room. Simply call (941) 342-1005 and a volunteer will assist you. All major credit cards are accepted.

Food and Nutrition Services

The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota provides appetizing, healthy meals and snacks based on your physician's diet order. An attractive menu is posted on the bulletin board in your room. In addition, you will also receive a menu ticket on your breakfast tray so that you may select your beverage and food preference choices. A representative will visit you to take your menu ticket and any individualized food preferences or needs you may have. If you do not like the main feature for a particular meal, you may select from a wide variety of alternatives from our a la carte menu.

A guest tray service is also available. If you would like to request a guest tray, simply alert the nursing or dietary staff. We encourage guests to use the Lido cafeteria on the first floor for a wide selection of foods, including a gill (available during lunch service), full salad bar and hot food bar.

The Lido Cafeteria is open for service during the following times:

Breakfast: 6:50am - 9:30am
Lunch: 11:15am - 1:30pm
Dinner: Closed

The cafeteria is closed for breakfast on weekends, but vending machines are available for specialty coffees and snacks.

Food and Nutrition Services hopes to make your stay at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

If you would like to contact Food and Nutrition Services or speak to a registered dietitian, please call ext. 1091.

Clergy & Chapel

Ministers often visit our patients. If you would like a minister to visit you, ask your nurse for assistance. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota now has a list of ministers of all denominations who are available to visit our patients. If you have a relationship with a minister and want her or him to visit, you are also welcome to call them directly.

The hospital chapel is located on the second floor of the hospital. It offers a quiet space for spiritual and contemplative respite for our patients and their visitors. The chapel is open 24 hours a day. For specific directions, ask your nurse.