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Visitor Access & Mask Policy

Visitor access has changed:

We understand how important it is to have a loved one by your side. As COVID-19 continues to be a concern, Headwaters has limited visitation at the hospital. These restrictions are in place at the direction of the Ontario government with the aim of keeping everyone at the hospital as safe as possible.

To ensure visitation can take place safely, precautionary measures remain in place.
 
Admitted Patients & Maternity:

We are allowing one essential visitor to visit an admitted patient. In an effort to contain virus spread not all patients will be eligible for essential visitors. This will be assessed on your admission and visitation will be coordinated with you, your loved ones and the care team.

Admitted patients will be asked to designate two essential visitors, these visitors can then schedule visits with the care team on the inpatients unit. Only one of the designated essential visitors can visit at any one time.

The two person essential visitor policy does not apply for birthing mothers. Birthing mothers can have a birthing partner and a Doula remain with them for support, please discuss with the care team on arrival.

How to schedule visits for admitted patients:

  • Patients can identify two designated essential visitors to the care team. The care team will schedule the visit (day/time) with the designated essential visitor.
  • Visiting on the inpatient units is restricted to one designated essential visitor per patient in one visiting period.
  •  Visitors who have not scheduled a visit with the care team will not be allowed access to the hospital (unless exceptional circumstances, e.g. palliative patient).

Area

Extension

Days of Week

Visiting Hours

D Wing

3230

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

10:00 - 12:00
18:00 - 20:00        

E Wing

2234

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

F Wing

2239

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Critical Care Unit

Patients are assessed for
essential visitors based on
their condition – please speak with the healthcare team

2221

Monday, Wednesday, Saturday  

10:00am – 12:00pm
18:00pm – 20:00pm
 
 
24hrs for critical patients

Obstetrics 2236 Daily - please discuss with
the care team. Birthing partners and Doula only. 
24hrs


Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Settings:
Patients attending the Emergency Department or attending scheduled appointments may have one essential visitor remain with them if support is required. This will be assessed by the care team and could include (but not limited to):

  • Pediatric patients – i.e. children under 18

  • Mental health/competency/confusion challenges

  • Significant development, intellectual disability or functional disability

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Palliative

Visitor Screening:
All permitted visitors will be screened upon entering the hospital. Any visitor who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed entry. In exceptional circumstances (such as a support person for a woman in labour, a parent/guardian of a child in the Emergency department or a palliative/end of life patient), a visitor who screens positive for symptoms will be reviewed by HHCC’s infection prevention and control practitioner or hospital coordinator prior to entry.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter the hospital who:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Have been outside of Canada in the past 14 days

  • Has been tested positive for COVID19 and has not been cleared by Public Health

  • Have had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment

  • Are under the age of 16 years, unless accompanied by a designated visitor who is an adult.

  • Any special circumstances or requests posed to the screeners should be discussed with the Manager of the department or the Hospital Service Coordinator

  • Merchant vendors, students and volunteers have been instructed to not return to the hospital until further notice

  • Patient bedside telephones have been activated free of charge to enable them to contact loved ones during this difficult time

All visitors must comply with infection prevention and control practices, including hand hygiene practices, wearing a medical grade face mask and follow physical distancing.

Essential visitors to the inpatient units are required to wear a medical grade mask with a visor for eye protection.  All other essential visitors are required to wear a medical grade face mask.  These will be provided at screening. If a visitor presents to screeners and indicates that they cannot tolerate a mask, they will be trusted in good faith and requested to wear a full-face visor for the duration of their visit. If a visitor (or patient) refuses to wear a medical mask or full face visor, they will not be permitted to enter.   

Visitor restrictions are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region HHCC serves.

Access our patient visitation policy
Watch a video on visiting our Ambulatory Care entrance or Main Entrance 

Mask Policy:

All approved visitors, support personnel, day surgery and outpatients must be masked upon entry to the hospital. The hospital will provide one upon screening and approved entry. 
 

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