Erie Shores HealthCare Updates Visitor Restrictions

Tuesday June 23rd, 2020

Posted at 9:08pm

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Erie Shores HealthCare is taking a staged approach to relaxing visitor/family presence restrictions.

The hospital is now moving into phase one which includes:

  • Palliative Care: an inpatient who is palliative, may have no more than two family members present at a time. The two family members must be designated for the duration of the stay.
  •  COVID-19 Palliative Care: one family member per patient. This may have to be someone who is not a member of the same household as the patient in order to be able to pass the screening, which currently restricts access to persons in close contact with known or suspected persons with COVID-19. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by the clinical unit for this family member to keep them safe while they are with their loved one. Note: this direction may change at any time based on COVID-19 prevalence within the community or hospital.
  • Patients for whom we cannot provide safe care without a family member present: A small number of patients (e.g. very frail/elderly, patient with dementia, person who is non-verbal or severely disabled) require a family member to be present because we cannot provide safe care otherwise. In this case and at the direction of the clinical provider/team, a family member may be required to accompany a patient.
  •  Emergency Department: A patient who is at imminent risk of dying may have a loved one present with them during their Emergency Department (ED) stay. Patients with cognitive or mobility difficulties may be accompanied by one person during their ED stay.
  • Women in Labour/Post-Partum: Women in active labour may be accompanied by one adult family member. This includes the duration of their post-partum stay.
  • Paediatrics: Paediatric patients (Inpatients, Emergency Department and Perioperative Services) may have up to one adult family members present.

All visitors will answer screening questions at the main entrance prior to entering the facility.  No children under the age of 18 are permitted and all visitors must wear a surgical/procedural or cloth mask and/or additional PPE as required.

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