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Patient + Visitor Restrictions in Effect

Updated: September 21, 2020 / 10:41 PM


Starting Thursday, September 17, 2020 IWK Health will ease support person restrictions

We know having loved ones present during hospitalization is important for patient care, experience, safety and outcomes. With the consistently low numbers of known COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, IWK Health will ease some support person restrictions as follows:

+2 Support People

  • All inpatients 
    All inpatients (those admitted for pediatric or adult care) will be permitted to have two support people/family caregivers with them at the same time.

+1 Support Person

  • All patients may have one support person attend their appointment with them.
    This applies to all clinics, Emergency Department, Early Labour Assessment, ultrasound and day surgery. 

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 this change 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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