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Patient + Visitor Restrictions

Updated: November 26, 2020 / 04:37 PM

Changes in effect Thursday, November 26, 2020

Due to the rising number of active COVID-19 cases in the Halifax metro area and concerns about community spread, new support person changes are required to continue to provide the safest care possible. We are monitoring the current situation closely and will continue to adjust restrictions accordingly.

We thank patients & families for your cooperation as we work to provide safe care for everyone. 

 

Latest support person restrictions

There are differences in the physical layout where care is being provided. These differences impact our ability to practice appropriate physical distancing therefore we have taken a location-by-location approach to support person restrictions.

 

Emergency Department
Emergency Department
1
One support person
Women Pregnant, in Labour, Delivering or Postpartum
Early Labor and Assessment Unit
1
One support person
Early Pregnancy Complication Clinic
1
One support person
Obstetrical Day Unit
0
No support person
Fetal Assessment and Treatment Centre
0
No support person
Perinatal Centre
0
No support person
Birth Unit
1
One support person (Doula would be considered a support person)
Prenatal Special Care Unit
1
One support person
Family Newborn Care Unit
1
One support person
Obstetrical Ultrasound
1
One support person
Postpartum Clinic
1
Parent, baby + 1 support person
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2
Two support people
Perinatal Follow Up Clinic
Perinatal Follow Up Clinic
1
One support person
Pediatric Inpatients
(for Pandemic Response Unit see category below)
Pediatric Inpatients
2
Two support people
Pandemic Response Unit
Pandemic Response Unit
1
One support person
Adult Surgery Inpatients
Adult Surgery Inpatients
1
One support person
Women’s OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
Women’s OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
0
No support person
Mental Health & Addictions
Ambulatory Clinics
1
One support person (exception for interventions requiring more)
INPATIENT UNITS & DAY TREATMENT SERVICES
Adolescent Intensive Services
2
Two support people
Children’s Intensive Services
2
Two support people
Secure Care Unit
2
Two support people
Garron Centre
2
Two support people
Pediatric Outpatient (Ambulatory) / Day Surgery Appointments
Pediatric Outpatient (Ambulatory) / Day Surgery Appointments
1
One support person
Adult Ambulatory (Outpatient) Appointments
(for women pregnant, in labour, delivering or postpartum see category above)
Women’s Ambulatory Clinics
0
No support person
Perioperative Clinic
0
No support person
Breast Imaging/Screening
Breast Imaging (IWK 6th floor)
0
No support person
Breast Biopsy (IWK 6th floor)
1
One support person
Breast Screening (Halifax Shopping Center, Dartmouth and Cobequid)
0
No support person
Breast Health Clinic
New Diagnosis
1
One support person
Annual Recheck
0
No support person
Diagnostic Imaging
Pediatrics
1
One support person
Adult Ultrasound
0
No support person
Obstetric Ultrasound
1
One support person
All other adult procedures (includes MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Bone Density)
0
No support person
Blood Collection Lab
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
0
No support person
Maritime Medical Genetics
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
0
No support person

 

We will be screening at the door to ensure our patients are kept safe.

We must continue to minimize numbers to the health care facilities to protect patients and staff. Please make childcare arrangements for siblings and children not receiving care. Infants who are exclusively breastfeeding are welcome.

We understand the complexity involved in implementing these changes and that some areas may have difficulty accommodating additional support people due to the need to maintain physical distancing requirements. In these cases, care teams will work with families to discuss options based on care needs. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make additional changes as required.

 

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