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SMH Tightens Visitor Restrictions

[New Tecumseth, ON – December 18, 2021] Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 and risks associated with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is tightening visitor restrictions further. Effective immediately, SMH is moving back to Phase 2 of its Visitor Policy which states:

No visitors are permitted for patients in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Clinics unless there are extenuating circumstances. These include:

  • An ill newborn, youth or child (18 years old and under)
  • Patient with dementia/cognitive impairment
  • Palliative patient
     

INPATIENTS: Patients can have one designated visitor a day (visitor must remain the same person each day) for a maximum of one hour. Visiting can take place between the hours of 12-6 p.m. Extenuating circumstances will be managed on a case by case basis.

SURGICAL PATIENTS: All patients will be allowed one designated support person to receive discharge instructions and help transition out of hospital.

OBSTETRICAL PATIENTS: Patients in labour and delivery are permitted one support person.

All visitors/supports must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with personal ID and are required to pass COVID-19 screening before visiting a patient. Only extenuating circumstances will be permitted. Visitors continue to be required to wear medical-grade masks (no cloth masks) upon entry to the hospital, which will be provided. Visitors must wash their hands before entering and after leaving a patient’s room.

“We understand how important family members and loved ones are to the patient experience and their care journey, but we have to be mindful of the risks associated with this new variant and take extra precaution to ensure our facility remains as safe as possible,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “We thank our community members and families for their cooperation and understanding at this challenging time, especially during the holiday season,” he adds.

Visiting restrictions will remain in place for COVID-19 positive/suspected patients. Family members of our patients can contact our Patient Experience department to book a time to speak with their loved one through technology such as iPads or tablets. Please call ext. 2310 or email patientexperience@smhosp.on.ca