Bluewater Health facilitating virtual visits during pandemic restrictions

Bluewater Health in Sarnia. October 23, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews)

Bluewater Health is helping patients stay connected with loved ones during strict COVID-19 visiting restrictions.

Only labouring mothers, paediatric patients, patients undergoing surgery, or patients who are end-of-life may have one consistent visitor throughout their stay. Designated visitors will be screened for symptoms and recent travel, and are required to check-in at the nurses’ station.

Chief Nursing Executive Shannon Landry said the well-being of the community, patients, and staff is the top priority.

“We recognize the impact of isolation for patients and families, and are doing whatever we can to help patients and loved ones stay connected throughout these restrictions,” said Landry in a media release. “We are offering patients other tools to stay busy as we implement best practices to manage anticipated surges inpatient volumes due to COVID-19. Bedside TV programming will be offered free of charge until further notice.”

The hospital said it’s supporting the use of technology to help families and friends stay connected with a patient in hospital.

Patients are invited to connect with their loved ones through virtual options, such as Skype, FaceTime or telephone calls. Those who are not able to use their own devices to communicate through audio or video calls will receive assistance with hospital devices and technology platforms.

Patients are also encouraged to register for social opportunities such as Lambton County Connects, a telephone-based program offered to older patients who live in Lambton County.