Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston is starting to ease its visitor restrictions since COVID-19 infection rates have declined in the province and in the community.
Beginning Monday, June 21, SMH will begin allowing one visitor per day in their emergency and medical / surgical departments.
“We understand how difficult it has been for patients and families to not have the presence of family and loved ones at the bedside,” says Carrie Jeffreys, VP Clinical Services and CNE, SMH. “As always, we are committed to ensuring the needs of patients and families are met, in a safe manner.”
Visitors will be welcome in the hospital however there is a policy in place that visitors must follow when going to the facility.
Currently one visitor per day is permitted during one of three time slots.
Time slots are 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. , and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In-patient and their substitute decision-makers can choose a maximum of two essential visitors to rotate over the patient's stay, however only on essential visitor is permitted to stay each day and during their chosen time slot.
All visitor must be at least 16 years of age, free of any COVID-19 symptoms or any other communicable disease, and must not have travelled anywhere outside of Canada in the previous 14 days.
Visitors must not have tested positive for COVID-19, been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or has had direct contact with anyone who has tested positive and have not been cleared by Public Health.
A designated support person will continue to be permitted for obstetrics patients in labour, patients who are 18 years of age and younger, patients with cognitive impairments, palliative patients, clergy support for admitted patients, and supporting surgical patients in transition out of the hospital.
For more information you can visit SMH's website at: www.stevensonhospital.ca.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times