Visiting Hours & Guidelines
Visiting hours are from 11 am to 8 pm daily.
Visitation is permitted 24 hours/day for primary caregivers of patients in Palliative Care, Critical Care, Paediatrics, Neonatal and the Emergency Department.
Exceptions to these hours can be made for visiting depending on the department and patient condition.
Restrictions and limits:
- Each patient is allowed no more than 2 visitors at one time including children.
- Children must be supervised by a visiting adult.
- Due to the higher risk environment, the hospital does not encourage visits from children under 14 years of age.
- Women in labour are allowed 2 visitors at a time. The visitors may rotate with visitors in the waiting room. Children under 14 are not allowed in the labour room.
- Recognizing the support that siblings can play, two children can accompany one adult caregiver in the post partum department after a Mom has delivered her baby or babies.
- Anyone experiencing fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, skin rash, vomiting or diarrhea should avoid visiting with patients in hospital.
In the event of infection control outbreaks, further restrictions may apply.
Family members are an important part the patient’s care team during the healing process. The guidelines and information are intended to make your visit more comfortable and safe for you and our patients.
- Keep visits short – preferably 15 minutes at a time or less so patients can rest.
- Keep noise levels to a minimum and be mindful of other patients in the same room and unit who need rest, and staff who are caring for all patients.
- Floral arrangements or fruit baskets may not be appropriate for certain patients. Have the designated visitor check with the nurse before bringing these items to the hospital.
- Mylar balloons only - latex balloons cause severe allergies in some people and are not allowed in the hospital.
- If you visit when the physician or other health care professionals are with the patient, at certain times you may be asked to leave the room while they are providing patient care.