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Visiting Restrictions Eased Further at Stevenson Memorial Hospital

[New Tecumseth, ON – July 19, 2021] As COVID-19 cases are declining and the province has entered Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has eased visitor restrictions further.

Effective today, the following update has been made to SMH’s Visitor Policy:

One visitor per day per patient will be permitted in our Emergency, Inpatient and Outpatient departments.

INPATIENTS: Patients can have ONE visitor daily; up to a max of three individuals designated as visitors. Visitors are permitted to stay each day during fixed visiting hours from 12-6 p.m.
Extenuating circumstances will be managed on a case by case basis.

SMH understands that not all situations are the same. Special visiting time considerations will be given for TWO designated supports to visit daily as needed who are:
• Supporting obstetrical patients (24/7 as needed)
• A parent/Guardian of an ill newborn, youth or child (18 years old and under).
• A support person for a patient with dementia/cognitive impairment
• Clergy support for admitted patients
• Visiting palliative patients

SURGICAL PATIENTS: All patients will be allowed ONE designated support person to receive discharge instructions and help transition out of hospital.

“We are pleased to be able to allow additional visitors in the hospital thanks to the declining cases of COVID-19 and know how important they are to our patients and their care journey,” says Carrie Jeffreys, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “We thank our community members and families for their cooperation and understanding throughout the pandemic as we implement these changes,” she adds.

Visiting restrictions will remain in place for COVID-19 positive/suspected patients. Family members of our patients can contact our 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

All visitors will 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. For more information, please visit www.stevensonhospital.ca