Niagara Health opening doors to hospital visitors starting today

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Published March 1, 2022 at 2:59 pm

Starting today (March 1), patients at Niagara’s hospital can once again have visitors, though it’s strictly one at the time.

Bed-ridden patients can see a single family member or friend during visiting hours (11 am to 8 pm) although the visitors are allowed to rotate throughout the day.

“Visitors, Support Persons and Essential Care Partners play an integral role in the care and well-being of our patients,” said Niagara Health. “With the reduction of COVID cases in the hospital and in the community, we are able to begin gradually opening up visitor restrictions.”

As well, those coming for appointments or visiting the Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres can have one person with them. Niagara Health added, “We ask patients and their loved ones to review the visitor guidelines before coming to the hospital.”

Those guidelines are:

  • Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There are no restrictions on total number of visitors in a day but inpatients can only have one person at their bedside at a time.
  • Children and youth may start visiting as long as they are able to wear a mask at all times.
  • Patients may designate up to two Essential Care Partners (ECPs). ECPs can be present 24/7 but will need to coordinate with other visitors to ensure only one person is at the bedside at a time.

“All our infection prevention and control measures will stay in place to maintain a safe environment and must be followed by everyone – screening for COVID-19, wearing a mask at all times, physical distancing, hand hygiene, no eating or drinking inside,” said the hospital unit.

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