Visiting hours policy revised at South Bruce Grey Health Centre sites

South Bruce Grey Health Centre has replaced visiting hours with a new Family Presence Policy at all four hospital sites.

Patients can now identify their Partners in Care to support them continuously during their hospital stay, instead of having visits limited to the hours between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The organization and the Patient and Family Advisory Council began a quality improvement project last year to evaluate visitor policies.

The update is aimed at making the hospitals in Durham, Kincardine, Walkerton and Chesley more patient and family friendly, instead of putting limits on the time patients can spend with loved ones.

Partners in Care will be welcome at the patient’s bedside 24 hours a day. All other visitors will be welcome between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

“We believe that this change in practice from set visiting hours to open visiting for partners in care will have a positive impact on the experience of our patients while at SBGHC, including improved communication with patients and families, and enhanced quality of life for patients in the hospital,” said Michael Barrett, president and CEO.