Erie Shores Healthcare enters ‘Phase 2’ visitor policy

Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington October 29. 2014 file photo. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington is updating its visitor policy as part of a staged-in approach during the pandemic.

Starting Monday, only one visitor will be allowed to visit a patient and only between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We will carefully monitor each stage for two-to-four weeks and will assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain the safety of our patients and staff,” said Kristin Kennedy, the vice president of patient services and chief nursing executive.

Visitors to the hospital will still have to undergo screening to make sure they do not have COVID-19. Those who fail the screening will be turned away. Visitors will have to wear a mask inside the facility and will be restricted to just the patient’s room.

Those under the age of 18 will also be denied entry.

Two family members can take turns visiting patients in Palliative Care, but only one can remain with their loved one. The clinical unit will provide personal protective equipment.

One adult family member can accompany women in labour and postpartum, and pediatric patients can also have one adult visitor.

In the Emergency Department, patients at risk of imminently dying may have a loved one with them during their stay, along with patients with cognitive or mobility difficulties, and with pediatric patients.