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*NEW: SMH to Implement COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Visitors of Patients

[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:

  • Visitors must not be 16 years of age or less.
  • Visitors must not have current symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or has been exposed to or had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been cleared by Public Health will not be permitted entry.
  • Visitors who may have traveled anywhere outside of Canada in the past 14 days will not be permitted entry.
     




“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.

  • Visitors must be vaccinated to gain entry unless extenuating circumstances apply. 
  • Those presenting with a medical exemption will be managed on a case by case basis through the Patient Experience Department.
  • Designated care providers required to support care outside of these parameters will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis.
     

Labour & Delivery Supports

  • During the patient’s stay on OBS and in labour, ONE support person is permitted at a time (vaccination status is waived for the primary support person only). Unvaccinated supports will not be allowed to move freely around the unit and must don a mask at all times on the unit.
  • Post-delivery, only one visitor is permitted in the room with the mother and newborn at a time.
  • For all Outpatient assessments only ONE visitor as per hospital guidelines for vaccination requirements will be permitted and will be reassessed if admission occurs.
  • If required to return for a follow-up appointment for your newborn, we ask that only one parent attends during this visit.
     

Emergency

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:

  • A parent/Guardian of an ill newborn, youth or child (18 years old and under).
  • A support person for a patient with dementia/cognitive impairment
  • Clergy support for admitted patients
  • Palliative patients
  • Seeking emergency care for a child 18 years and under and the parent and/or guardian has no other options to accommodate care for additional children - exceptions will be made.


Outpatient Clinics

All outpatients will be allowed one visitor to accompany them to their clinic appointment provided the visitor provides proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Surgical Patients

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.  

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