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COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

*** NEW: March 17, 2022

Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) continues to lift some visitation restrictions based on provincial re-opening plans, as well as the decreasing cases of COVID-19 in our local community and throughout our region. Effective March 17, admitted patients will be permitted two visitors per day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

As of March 17 GBGH will allow visitation based on the following:

  • Two visitors per patient per day during visiting hours (exceptions for palliative patients – please contact the care team)
  • Visiting hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (exceptions for palliative, birthing patients)
  • Food and drink is not permitted

The exceptions to the two visitors per day per inpatient include visitation for a palliative/actively dying patient. In palliative cases, GBGH will allow up to four visitors at a time, as coordinated with the care team. Birthing patients are also permitted one visitor for as long as they require assistance.

Emergency department patients and outpatients (Ambulatory Care, Diagnostic Imaging, Day Surgery) may have one support person if deemed necessary by the patient.

As the hospital cares for vulnerable patient populations, visitors to GBGH are still required to  show proof of vaccination and identification, regardless of changes in provincial proof of vaccination mandates. Visitors will also be screened and anyone who screens positive for COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to visit. 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 GBGH’s infection prevention and control practitioner or hospital coordinator prior to entry.

All visitors must comply with hand hygiene practices, wear a hospital-provided mask for the duration of their visit, regardless of provincial mask mandates lifting, and follow physical distancing. Visitors could also be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment as determined by the care team based on a patients’ condition.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

 

Visitor Screening

Everyone entering GBGH will be screened for the following symptoms:

 Fever and/or chills

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell

As well as two or more of:

  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea)

All visitors must comply with hand hygiene practices, wear a hospital-provided mask and follow physical distancing. Visitors could also be asked to wear additional personal protective equipment as determined by the care team based on a patients’ condition.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change based on the status of the pandemic within the region GBGH serves.

Virtual visitation options are still encouraged where possible (please see below).

 

Virtual Visits

In light of visitor restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GBGH is introducing Virtual Visitation through the hospital’s bedside entertainment units. Patients can stay connected to loved ones while in the hospital via Family Chat – a video calling service.

To use the virtual visitation service, please click here – https://georgianbay.connectmybed.ca/

GBGH understands the impact of contact with family on patients’ quality of life so the hospital has dedicated a staff member to assist patients and families with use of the service Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For assistance using the virtual visitation service, please email robertsk@gbgh.on.ca.

The hospital anticipates having this service continue beyond the pandemic for loved ones who are unable to visit.