[New Tecumseth, ON – November 19, 2021] Starting Monday, November 22, 2021 Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) will require all visitors of patients, anyone accompanying a patient to an appointment or any essential supports to provide proof of full vaccination (two doses plus 14 days) as well as identification. Regardless of their reason for visiting, all visitors/supports of patients must pass COVID-19 screening upon entering the hospital, which includes:
“As COVID-19 cases increase in the region and in the local community, SMH is taking every precaution to ensure the facility remains as safe as possible for patients, families, staff and physicians/professional staff,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH.
Currently, 99 per cent of staff and physicians at SMH are vaccinated against COVID-19 and all are fully compliant with the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination policy for staff in alignment with Directive #6 released from the Ministry of Health.
The following updates are included in the visitor policy effective Monday, November 22:
Visitors of Inpatients
Patients can have ONE visitor daily; however, visitors are permitted to stay each day during fixed visiting hours between 12 and 6 p.m.
Labour & Delivery Supports
Patients will be allowed one visitor per Emergency visit provided the visitor provides proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
Not all situations are the same and Stevenson Memorial Hospital understands. Special visiting time considerations will be given for TWO designated support persons to visit concurrently daily with in and out privileges who are:
All outpatients will be allowed one visitor to accompany them to their clinic appointment provided the visitor provides proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
All patients will be allowed one designated support person to receive discharge instructions and help transition out of hospital provided the visitor provides proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
SMH will not accept proof of negative PCR or rapid antigen tests in place of COVID-19 vaccination records for entry into the hospital.