As the region continues to navigate Phase 3 of the province’s reopening plan, Lakeridge Health says they’re easing some of the restrictions around visitors that were enacted at the start of the pandemic.
They say two designated family members or partners-in-care are now allowed to visit anyone on an inpatient unit.
For outpatients, the rules are the same as they have been since June, when Lakeridge allowed women in labour, young children and patients with certain physical or mental disabilities to have a visitor.
If you’re planning to visit someone who is on an inpatient unit, you’ll have to call ahead and schedule an appointment.
Only one person will be allowed to visit at a time and the hospital is capping most visits at either 45 minutes or an hour.
You’ll also have to follow strict health and safety protocols while inside the facility.
That includes maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask, and remaining in the visitor area except when entering or leaving the facility.
Patients will also be asked to wear a mask during visits, as long as it is safe for them to do so.
When you get to the hospital, look for one of the screening entrances. Before you head inside, you’ll be asked a few questions and hospital staff will record your information for contact tracing purposes.
Eating and drinking isn’t allowed for visitors and please note that your loved one’s doctor or care team may not be available during your visit.
For more information, click here or call 905-433-4429.
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