Current COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Updated March 22, 2021. In accordance with the provincial framework for RED – Control (Stringent Measures), there are currently no general visitors permitted at KDH – only essential caregivers (with certain exceptions). Additionally, all visitors to inpatient areas are required to wear eye protection. Please see the table below for information by hospital department.

Department Number of Visitors Special Precautions
Emergency Department No visitors are permitted at this time Exception: parents of small children (under 18), essential caregivers, special circumstances (based on approval from MD and staff)
Medical/Surgical Department 1 visitor at a time with pre-booked appointment

-Maximum of 2 essential caregivers  that are pre-screened and approved per unit

-Must have pre-booked visit

-Must pass active screening for COVID-19

-Must show proof of  negative COVID-19 test weekly

Interim Long-Term Care/Convalescent Care Unit 1 visitor at a time with pre-booked appointment

-Maximum of 2 essential caregivers that are pre-screened and approved per unit.

-Must have pre-booked visit.

-Must pass active screening for COVID-19

-Must undergo Rapid Antigen Test prior to each visit.

Caregiver definition can be seen in this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-visiting-long-term-care-homes#section-3

Visiting a Patient

Studies have shown that having visitors while in hospital can help speed up a patient’s recovery. We therefore encourage visitors and ask you to follow these guidelines:

  • Watch and listen for cues that your family member or friend needs to rest or have time alone.
  • Be considerate of roommates, who may be sleeping or having a procedure done.
  • Please don’t visit if you are sick. Patients can be put at risk if germs are brought into the hospital. If you have a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea or new rash, please stay home.
  • Hand-washing is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Even if you are feeling well, you may be carrying germs that could make patients sick. Please use the hand sanitizer provided at hand cleaning stations throughout the hospital before and after each visit. Learn more about patient safety at KDH.
  • KDH is a scent-free facility. In consideration of others who may suffer from allergies or chemical sensitivities, we ask that you don’t bring or send live flowers, or wear perfume or other scented products while at KDH.
  • Please make sure any balloons you bring to the hospital are made of mylar, not latex. Latex balloons can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

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