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SMH Eases Visitor Restrictions Further

[New Tecumseth, ON – June 13, 2022] Effective Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) will be adjusting its visitor policy as a result of the decrease of COVID-19 transmission and burden in the hospital and community and will move to Phase 2 of its visitor policy. The policy states:

INPATIENTS: Inpatients are permitted two designated visitors (one designated visitor per day – unless extenuating circumstances) between the hours of 12-8 p.m. Extenuating circumstances will be managed on a case-by-case basis.

SURGICAL PATIENTS: One designated support person is permitted post-procedure to support the patient upon discharge.
 

OBSTETRICAL PATIENTS: Patients in labour and delivery are permitted one support person. No switching support individuals, same person for duration of visit.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT and OUTPATIENT: One visitor/designated support is permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances. These include:

  • An ill newborn, youth or child (18 years old and under)
  • Palliative patient


Families of patients eligible for visitation will be contacted by our Patient Experience Department.

All visitors/supports must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and are required to pass COVID-19 screening before visiting a patient. Only extenuating circumstances will be permitted without full vaccination status. 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 are happy to slowly start allowing additional visitors in the hospital,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “It’s important to remain cautious to help keep our facility safe, so we are easing visitor restrictions with a phased approach. We will continue to assess COVID-19 burden in our hospital and community and will make further adjustments when it is safe to do so,” he adds.

No visiting will be permitted for any COVID-19 positive/suspected patients. Any patient in isolation (COVID positive, COVID exposure or other reasons) or is waiting for pending PCR results are not permitted a visitor. Patients must have a negative COVID test result before being permitted visitors. Family members of patients can contact the 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