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“People understood that visitor restrictions were an important safety precaution to take during the pandemic, but we recognize that the separation has been very difficult for patients and their loved ones,” said Nancy Savage, executive vice president of the experience of patients and families at RVH. in a report.
“Visitors are essential to the well-being and recovery of patients and are integral members of the care team. RVH is delighted that we can now begin to gradually lift visitor restrictions.
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Resuming visits to the RVH will be a phased approach. The hospital says strict infection control measures will remain in place.
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In the first phase of the hospital visitation plan, patients will be allowed to receive a visitor, once a week, for one hour at a specific, pre-booked time.
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To ensure physical distancing, visits should be staggered for patients who share a room. RVH says visitors should maintain a distance of two meters between patients and members of the healthcare team.
Visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 when entering HRV. The hospital also requires people to bring and wear a clean mask, practice hand washing, wear PPE if necessary, and maintain physical distance.
RVH says exceptions to its new visitor policy will be made for “compassionate reasons”, including for critical or palliative patients, patients who need a family caregiver, partners of patients in labor , parents of pediatric patients, or other situations at the discretion of the healthcare team.
The hospital says an increase in coronavirus cases in the community or at the health center could lead to the suspension of visits.
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