NORTHERN HEALTH REGION — VISITATION GUIDELINES

Acute Care Visitation – RED: CRITICAL 

Effective Thursday, November 12th, the Province of Manitoba has moved to Red/Critical on the Pandemic Response System.    This means that visitor access to all NHR hospitals is restricted during the Red / Critical restrictions.  

Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please speak to your loved one’s care team.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved and our staff.

Acute Care Visitation –  ORANGE: RESTRICTED

  • One designated person can be identified to visit
    • If a patient’s length of stay reaches 14 days AND discharge is unlikely to occur in the next 72 hours, two designated people can be identified to visit and will be allowed to visit (one at a time) for the remainder of the patient’s stay in the hospital
  • No visitors under the age of 14 permitted
  • Maximum length of time for visiting is 2 hours
  • 1 visit per day is permitted
  • No re-entry will be allowed once the visitor leaves the facility, the visit is concluded for that day
  • Visitors are required to report directly to the nursing station on the unit they are visiting. Visitors must remain on the unit and are not permitted anywhere else in the facility
  • Screening of all visitors will occur upon entry to facility, assessment for symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19, no travel for the last 14 days outside Manitoba or contact with someone who has travelled, any person with cold/flu or other COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to visit
  • All visitors name and contact information will be collected, this information will be retained solely for the purpose of Public Health contact tracing should a COVID-19 case investigation be required within a unit
  • All visitors must comply with Infection Prevention and Control measures. This includes strict hand hygiene and maintaining physical distancing (6 feet/2 meters apart) at all times
  • Wearing of a non-medical mask during visits is mandatory
  • Acute Care Inpatient Food:
    • Patients in acute care settings may have food brought into NRHA hospitals provided the food is brought in by an approved visitor from the visitation list.
    • No food should be delivered to the facility by any business establishment or person not on the approved visitor list.
    • The delivery of any food brought by commercial establishments will be declined.
    • Any food brought in is to be allocated for the intended patient only.
    • No communal food is allowed.
    • Food may be brought in a wipeable containers; the container must be removed from the hospital by the visitor at the end of the visit.
    • *Note: Left over food will not be stored in the refrigerator on the unit. Any food and containers remaining after visitors leave will be discarded.
  • Newspapers, cards and books are allowed if dedicated to one patient (i.e., single patient use). All items delivered, such as toys, electronic games, plants, and flowers, must be dedicated to the intended patient only. Appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of items is required
  • Visiting hours are daily from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The end of visiting hours will be announced on the overhead paging system in the facility.  All visitors are required to leave the facility at this time. Visitors should plan accordingly as late visitors cannot be accommodated.

The violation of these rules may jeopardize opportunities for future visits

Outdoor visits are not permitted at this time, due to the risk to patients and to the facility associated with unknown nature of contacts, exposure and other required safety measures

Protecting the health and well-being of your loved ones and staff remains one of our top priorities. Regular assessment by public health officials of the impact and evaluation of the need for adjusted visitor restrictions will continue as developments evolve.  Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved ones and our staff.

 

Northern Health Region – Guidelines for Visitation in Maternity Wards

What Do You Need to Know:

ONE SUPPORT PERSON: We are allowing one (1) support person in the room for labor, delivery and post-partum support.  This should be someone with whom Mom has been social distancing (that is, living with for the last 14 days). This person MUST COVID-19 screen negative (screening on entry to the hospital). If the Support Person screens positive, they CANNOT enter the hospital. Moms who have been living with a positive COVID-19 Support person will be treated as COVID-19 presumptive.  There are NO support persons allowed on the maternity ward for antepartum outpatient visits – they are only allowed at time of labour, delivery and postpartum.

NO RE-ENTRY: Support persons CANNOT leave hospital property after the patient has delivered. The Support person will be allowed to leave once to check out of hotel (if relevant), return with bags and car seat (if not brought on initial admission). Support persons cannot leave property for smoke breaks – if you are a smoker and need a prescription for nicotine gum please let us know

MANDATORY MASKS: Wearing of a non-medical mask during visits is required, when walking in the halls and during labour when 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained.

EXTERNAL FOOD: You do NOT need to bring external food. The Support person will be provided an “escort food tray” during time of admission. Support persons may bring a cooler with food for their admission if wished. Cardboard and Styrofoam are NOT allowed (this includes pizza boxes). WASH your hands before and after eating.

Name and contact information will be collected, this information will be retained solely for the purpose of Public Health contact tracing should a Covid-19 case investigation be required within a unit.

Infection Prevention and Control measures must be complied with. This includes strict hand hygiene and maintaining physical distancing.

The violation of these rules may jeopardize opportunities for future visits

Outdoor visits are not permitted at this time, due to the risk to patients and to the facility associated with unknown nature of contacts, exposure and other required safety measures

Protecting the health and well-being of your loved ones and staff remains one of our top priorities. Regular assessment by public health officials of the impact and evaluation of the need for adjusted visitor restrictions will continue as developments evolve.  Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved ones and our staff.