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Erie Shores HealthCare Puts Temporary No Visitor Policy In Place

Tuesday December 28th, 2021, 4:09pm


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The visitor policy at Erie Shores HealthCare is changing.

The Leamington hospital says that with cases of COVID19 increasing rapidly in our community, they have implemented a ‘no visitors’ policy, with only limited exceptions, effective 12:01am on
Thursday, December
30th, 2021.

This action is being taken out of extreme caution for the safety of both patients and staff. This was not an easy decision, and ESHC can appreciate this will cause anxiety and stress for our patients and their loved ones however, it was necessary as COVID cases rise in Ontario. As you know, ease of spread, climbing transmission rates, and increased positive rates for tests, are putting unprecedented pressure on capacity within the system,” a news release from the hospital said.

Limited exceptions to this no visitor policy are:

  • One visit by one visitor to a patient who is actively dying
  • One support person for a woman in labour
  • One parent/guardian of an ill newborn, child or youth
  • One support person a patient with dementia/cognitive impairment
  • ESHC utilizes medical translation services, a translator will be allowed in only if necessary.

The hospital says they remain committed to patient and familycentered care and will make every effort to ensure that the needs of patients and families are met while these temporary measures are in place.

“We pledge to support family presence to ensure the emotional wellbeing of patients, by allowing alternative options to inperson visitation with our Virtual Visit Program.

Anyone who has specific questions about this temporary measure, including the policy on dropping off personal items can visit the hospital website.

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