Visits resuming in Vitalité Health Network facilities
Bathurst, June 24, 2020 – Visits are now allowed in all Network facilities, between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., except at the Campbellton Regional Hospital, where the situation will be reassessed in the next few days.
However, visitors must observe various measures to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
- Only one designated visitor is allowed. An exception is possible if a visitor requires a support person.
- Visits are limited to one hour.
- Designated visitors must always wear a fabric face covering or mask during their visit. They must comply with existing Public Health guidelines and observe the facility’s infection control policies.
- Designated visitors must be at least 12 years of age.
- Pets are not allowed.
Staff may at any time limit the number of visitors or the duration of visits to ensure that physical distancing is observed.
Specific exemptions/restrictions apply to patients from the following sectors:
- Palliative Care units: Two designated visitors are allowed at a time and visiting hours may be modified. One additional visitor (pastoral/spiritual care) per patient may enter the facility to bring comfort to the patient, family and loved ones.
- Long-term care: Patients in long-term care can have two designated visitors but only one designated visitor at a time can visit. If a support person is required for the designated visitor, two visitors will be allowed at the same time. Visits will be scheduled by appointment to limit the number of visitors to the unit.
- Intensive Care units: Only one designated visitor is allowed, and it must necessarily be a close family member. The duration of the visit will be determined by the unit staff based on the patient’s condition and on the activity level on the unit.
- Emergency departments: Only one support person may accompany patients who need assistance.
- Outpatient services: Only one support person may accompany patients who need assistance.
This information is subject to change and could be modified momentarily.