Hospital begins to ease visitor restrictions

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The Deep River and District Hospital is beginning to ease restrictions on visitation at the hospital and Four Seasons Lodge long-term care centre.

“Visitors play an important role in the health and well-being of patients and residents, and the organization looks forward to expanding visitation, while maintaining health and safety,” the hospital said in a statement Thursday.

On May 22, 2021, the Four Seasons Lodge began outdoor visits with up to two general visitors per resident. The previous guidelines for visits remain in place, which include requirements for COVID-19 screening, masking, and more.

As of Wednesday, June 9, residents and visitors are now able to share “brief hugs,” regardless of vaccination status, and are able to have “prolonged contact such as hand holding” when both the resident and visitor are fully immunized. 

The hospital said visits are still required to be scheduled to ensure appropriate physical distancing, staff support, and adequate time for disinfection of the visiting area. Those looking to arrange a visit at the Four Seasons Lodge are asked to contact 613-584-3333 ext 7305 or email assistance@drdh.org and full visitor requirements will be provided.

Visitation is also being gradually opened for hospital in-patients. Starting on Thursday, one general visitor per patient per day may be co-ordinated by the patient and their families/friends. This excludes designated “essential caregiver” visits.

All visitors must complete COVID-19 screening upon entry, and visitors who “fail” the screening will be turned away.

General visitation for emergency department patients or accompaniment for outpatient appointments remains restricted.

“We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community and may adjust visiting policies as necessary to keep the safety of patients, residents, and staff at the forefront,” the hospital said.

“The organization would like to thank everyone for adhering to public health and other safety precautions so that we may continue to support our patients and residents to be connected in-person with their loved ones during this challenging time.”

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