Changes To Visitor Policy At Windsor Regional Hospital

Sunday March 20th, 2022

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Changes are coming to the Windsor Regional Hospital visitor policy.

Starting Monday, March 21st, the hospital will allow four essential caregivers, chosen by the patient, to rotate over the patient’s stay in hospital. One of the essential visitors may be at the bedside at a time within the allotted visitation. This is an increase from the two-visitor maximum that has been in place since February 7th.

For patients who are palliative, they will allow eight essential caregivers to rotate over the patient’s stay 24 hours per day; however, a maximum of two individuals may visit at the bedside at a time within the allotted visitation. For patients who dying/end of life, or have a planned withdrawal of life support, they will allow eight essential caregivers to rotate over the patient’s stay 24 hours per day with a maximum of four individuals to visit at the bedside at a time within the allotted visitation. This may include visitors less than 18 years of age when accompanied by an adult.

Any essential caregiver of an in-patient or in attendance with a patient for an out-patient procedure will continue to be required to providecdocumented proof of their COVID-19 vaccination evidencing 14 days has passed since their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative community-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) or antigen test result taken within three days before their visit.

All essential caregivers must wear a medical-grade mask and eye protection at all times and in all areas of the hospital. If essential caregivers do not have one they will be provided with a medical-grade mask at the entrance.

The hospital says that recently a visitor attended a patient in the hospital and removed their mask while with them. The visitor later tested positive for COVID-19 and unfortunately passed on the infection to two patients in the same room, leading to an outbreak declaration for the 8 East floor at Ouellette Campus. In the hospital, please keep your mask and eyewear on and follow all personal protective equipment guidelines.

All essential caregivers are required to wear a face shield in addition to a mask while visiting a patient. Face shields will be provided to essential caregivers on entry to the hospital or on the unit. Please refer to our policy regarding these issues and limited exemptions for patients/essential caregivers not to wear a mask.

Visitation Hours:

  • 8 am to 8 pm (except Critical Care units)
  • 10 am to 6 pm, and 8 pm to 10 pm (Critical Care units only)

For more information visit there website.

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