Windsor Regional Hospital Changing Visitor Policy

Friday November 12th, 2021

Posted at 10:05am


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Windsor Regional Hospital is adjusting its visitor policy to require proof of vaccination while also allowing additional numbers of visitors per patient.

Hospital officials say the policy will apply at both the Met and Ouellette Campuses, and the Regional Cancer Centre.

The hospital says effective 12:01am on Monday, November 15th, 2021, anyone wanting to visit an in-patient or attend with a patient for an out-patient procedure will be required to provide:

  1. Documented proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, with 14 days having passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. For limited exceptions: A negative community based PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) or a community based antigen test result taken within 3 days before their visit. Limited exception criteria include:
    1. Patient is paediatric (18 years of age or younger)
    2. Patient is palliative or end of life
    3. Patient is in labour
    4. Patient is experiencing a life altering or critical illness as identified by the clinical team
    5. Patient requires a support person due to underlying condition, i.e. dementia, mobility issues

The hospital also announced that as of 12:01am on November 15th, 2021, they will allow four essential visitors for each patient, to rotate visits over the course of the patient’s stay in the hospital, with some limited exceptions. They say this is an increase from the two visitors currently allowed.

All visitors must continue to wear a medical-grade mask and eye protection at all times and in all areas of the hospital, officials say.

The hospital says visitation hours will remain unchanged.

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