Windsor Regional Hospital To Relax Visitor Restrictions Starting Monday

Saturday May 29th, 2021

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Windsor Regional Hospital is relaxing some of its visitor restrictions at both the Met and Ouellette Campuses and the Regional Cancer Centre starting Monday.

The hospital says that this is based on stable and lower regional rates of COVID-19 in the community and in the hospital.

Starting Monday, the hospital will allow one essential visitor per patient, once per day, in one specified time slot, with some exceptions. Patients may choose a maximum of two essential visitors to rotate over that patient’s stay in hospital; however, only one of the essential visitors may visit each day, and only in one time slot.

These new visitor restrictions rescind the no visitors restriction that had been put back in place on April 17th, 2021.

There will be two time slots available for patients to visit:

  • 10am to 12 noon
  • 6pm to 8 pm (except Critical Care units)
  • 8 pm to 10 pm (Critical Care units only)

Considerations of which visitors are considered “essential” should include:

  • Those who are visiting/accompanying a patient who is dying or very ill
  • A parent/guardian of a youth who is a patient, support person for a pregnant patient in labour
  • Visitors of patients who require physical assistance
  • Visitors providing essential support to a patient.

The hospital says that no visitation will be allowed for patients with active, confirmed or suspected COVID-19, due to the extremely high risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Virtual visits for these patients will be supported using technology such as iPads.

There will be some limited circumstances where more than one visitor will be allowed. There will also be specific visitor policies for patients in emergency, mental health, renal dialysis, outpatient visits, and labour and delivery. For the most updated information on these areas, visit https://www.wrh.on.ca/COVID19-Visitation.

Essential visitors will be restricted if they:

  • Are less than 18 years of age (except as above)
  • Are symptomatic
  • Have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 (and are not resolved cases )
  • Have had close contact with a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19
  • Have had close contact with a person with an acute respiratory illness who has been Outside of Canada in the 14 days before their symptom onset

All outpatients and visitors will continue to be required to wear medical-grade masks (no cloth masks) upon entry to the hospital. Visitors and outpatients will be offered a face shield at the entrance, but it is not mandatory unless they are visiting a patient in a room. All visitors are required to wear a face shield in addition to a mask while visiting a patient. Face shields will be provided to visitors on entry to the hospital or on the unit.

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