Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Park Royal Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Park Royal Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

New Lethal Opioid: U-47700 or its street name, Pinky in Florida, may hit Fort Myers

The opioid abuse epidemic continues to impact cities throughout Florida, including Fort Myers and its neighboring communities. Now, another new type of substance has been introduced and is adding to the enormity of the problem.

Commonly known to those who abuse the substance as “U4,” “pinky,” and “pink,” U-47700 is a powerful synthetic opioid that is said to be nearly eight times stronger than the prescription painkiller, morphine. CNN reporter, Max Blau, explained that the original purpose of U-47700 was to serve as a substitute for morphine. However, the drug was never tested on humans and therefore never received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, it was never made available on the market and, instead, continued to be classified as a research chemical.

When It Became a Problem

Despite the fact that U-47700 never officially became available on the market, and, as a result, was never distributed to hospitals and physicians to serve as a legitimate substitute for morphine, the drug quickly became available via the internet. Manufacturers and drug cartels in the international drug market, predominantly in China, became aware of the chemical composition of U-47700 and began formulating it themselves in various types of underground laboratories and then selling it online.

Deadly Consequences

Because possession of the substance is legal in the majority of the United States, these online sales and subsequent shipments are not necessarily considered illicit. However, because of the ways in which the substance is formulated within foreign laboratories, buyers can never be certain of what chemical components are included in the final product that they receive. Tragically, some of these concoctions can prove to be deadly.

In September of 2016, NMS Labs, which is a provider of forensic toxicology services, reported that the consumption of U-47700 has been directly responsible for more than 80 fatalities in the U.S. during the last nine months.

Florida Becomes One of the First States to Ban U-47700

Following the U-47700-related deaths of individuals in Florida’s Pinellas County, which is approximately a two hour drive from Fort Myers, as well as deaths in the Panhandle and in Orange County, Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, issued an emergency order outlawing this drug in the state. Under this new law, if individuals are found to be in possession of U-47700, they could face punishment in the form of a third-degree felony, which can carry a jail sentence of up to five years. This makes Florida one of only four states to have banned U-47700, following Georgia, Wyoming, and Ohio.

In order to combat the continued problem of opioid abuse and addiction in Fort Myers, Lee County, and throughout the rest of the state of Florida, local treatment centers must remain abreast of any information that is provided regarding the distribution and use of U-47700. By remaining aware of how the drug is affecting communities, these treatment centers can be more effective in offering individuals the assistance that they need.