Bluewater Health starting to ease pandemic visitor restrictions

Entrance at Bluewater Health (BlackburnNews.com file photo)

Bluewater Health is slowly starting to ease COVID-19 visitor restrictions.

Chief of Communications Julia Oosterman said they’re now allowing one family member or care partner, for patients who would most benefit from the presence of a loved one.

She said the patients will select their designated visitors.

“Let’s say we have an individual in hospital who suffered from a stroke and is very depressed and not doing well,” said Oosterman. “It’s important in situations like that where we bring a family member in, to help remind them that we’re going to get better, we’re going to go to rehab, we are going to maybe teach the husband or wife how to do some of these exercises at home, so that when the patient does get discharged their care journey can continue.”

Visitor restrictions at the hospital have been in place since mid-March.

Only labouring mothers, pediatric patients, those undergoing surgery or patients who are end-of-life were able to have one consistent visitor during their stay.

“If you have been requested to come to the hospital, you’ve been selected to be the designated care person, that person is going to have to come in and do a full screening,” said Oosterman. “It’s really important that we keep COVID out of the hospital so a full screening and they will be required to wear a mask throughout their entire stay.”

Depending on the unit at the hospital, the family/care partner visiting hours are between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The hospital is also continuing with virtual visits through FaceTime and Skype.