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Visiting Guidelines During COVID-19

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodstock Hospital implemented restricted visiting and limited entrances. This assists with the screening process and ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitor guidelines are updated based on Ministry guidance. Click here to learn more about our modified visiting guidelines due to COVID-19...

Visiting Guidelines During COVID-19

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Visitor guidelines are updated based on Ministry guidance.

Based on Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) recommendations, Woodstock Hospital has established the Family Presence Guidelines that align with the provincial COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopen for Ontario.

Please note, care partners are individuals who provide significant, unpaid, non-professional support to a person receiving care, support or services. The individual may also share an emotional bond with the person receiving care, support or services. Care partners are assessed and permitted to visit outside designated visiting hours based on discussion with the clinical care team

- visits must be scheduled and with names provided to the Pandemic Response Workers at the hospital’s main entrances. No more than one care partner permitted for a patient

- two in exceptional circumstances.

Below are the latest visiting guidelines as of Monday, June 14, 2021. The following guidelines apply to care partners and permitted visitors:

Infection control measures:

- All care partners and permitted visitors will be screened at the Main Entrance

-Entrance screening will continue to occur using the most current screening tool

-Care partners and visitors who fail screening will NOT be permitted to visit; exception for the Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging.

-Care partners and visitors that answer “NO” to all screening questions but have a COVID swab pending completed for their employment, to visit a nursing or retirement home will be permitted

-Care partners and visitors will be provided with a mask, asked to perform hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters

-If a visitor is unable to wear a mask or a face shield, they will be permitted an outdoor visit with the patient at the front of the hospital must maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters from patient; patient must wear a mask

-Care partner and visitor must also don hospital-provided eye protection, gown and gloves prior to entering a patient isolation room and, at the discretion of the primary nurse or Director, prior to providing direct patient care; nurses should provide additional direction regarding personal protective personal   protective equipment based on individual patient needs 

-Care partners and visitors must wear a mask at all times and refrain from eating or drinking in the patient room during their visit -exceptions on case by case basis at discretion of Director

-Care partners and visitors may only bring in food/beverages for the patient they are visiting; food may not be dropped off at the Main Entrance for patients

-Care partners and visitors must remain in the patient room during the visit. Care partner and visitors ARE permitted to Tim Hortons prior to or following a patient visit.

M200, 2200, 2300, 2500, CCU and MCWH (NOT including labour and delivery or postpartum patients:

-Inpatient visiting hours will be 4:00pm-8:00pm

-No more than two (2) designated visitor(s) for each patient

- only Only one (1) visitor is permitted per day

-In-person visiting allowed only for patients exceeding a 2-day stay

-NO VISITORS are permitted for patients on M200 except with Charge Nurse or Director approval

-NO VISITORS are permitted for all admitted patients who require surgery until the COVID-19 swab has been confirmed as negative AND surgery has been completed

-Visitors under the age of 16 are not permitted except on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Director; permitted visitors under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult

M300, 2100

-Inpatient visiting hours will be 2:00pm-6:00pm

-No more than two (2) designated visitor(s) for each patient

-only Only one (1) visitor is permitted per day

-Visitors under the age of 16 are not permitted except on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Director; permitted visitors under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult

L500

-Visiting hours will be 2:30-3:30pm and 7:00pm-8:00pm

-Patients may have two (2) designated visitors but only one (1) visitor permitted per day

-Visitors under the age of 16 are not permitted except on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Director; permitted visitors under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult

MCWH Labour & Delivery and Post-Partum Patients

-Partner/support person for moms in labour must wait outside the hospital until notified by MCWH that they are permitted to enter; Partner/support person must pass screening

-Partner/support person will be given a blue wristband that will permit them in and out privileges from the hospital; no other visitors for MCWH are permitted. Partners are to limit contact with others when outside the organization. Upon re-entry, the partner/support person is to show screeners show       screeners the blue wristband and must be re-screened the partner/support person must pass screening for re-entry

-Confirmed positive COVID-19 patients will have exceptions and restrictions reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director, Charge Nurse or delegate.

-If a patient is admitted before COVID Asymptomatic Screen test results are available, the patient and support person (providing they pass entrance screening) will be placed in isolation until COVID-19 test has resulted as negative. During the test-pending period, both the patient and support personsupport   person/partner are to remain in the patients room and must perform hand hygiene and wear a mask if leaving the room.

Surgical Services

-Surgical patients may have one visitor accompany them to the waiting area outside of Daycare

-Once the patient is called to enter Daycare, the visitor will provide contact information and leave the hospital

-they They will be called to return when the patient is ready for discharge and are permitted up to the waiting area to take the patient home

-Patients requiring assistance (i.e. interpreter) or under the age of 12 will be permitted to have the visitor/parent/guardian in Daycare

-Once the patient leaves for the OR, the visitor/parent/guardian will provide contact information and leave the surgical area

-they They may wait in the cafeteria or outside the building and will be called when they can return to Daycare to assist with patient discharge

Emergency Department

-Patients will be permitted one care partner/visitor while waiting to be triaged

-After the assessment, the triage nurse/charge nurse will determine if the care partner/visitor meets criteria to remain with the patient (i.e. if they are required for care decisions)

Outpatient Services

-Visitors for outpatient appointments will be determined on case by case basis by the outpatient service

-Visitors for Diagnostic Imaging and Outpatient Clinic will be determined by at the time of entrance screening and will be permitted entry if the patient requires assistance for mobility and/or changing clothes





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