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Visiting

Learn about our visiting hours, responsibilities and how to find a patient.

Blanche River Health (BRH) recognizes the important role family and friends play during a patient’s hospital stay.  BRH is responsible to ensure the safety of all patients, staff, physicians and visitors while acknowledging that visiting and essential care giving efforts are vital to the overall physical, emotional and psychological well-being of individuals who are required to be in hospital for a period of time.

BRH supports Essential care giver visitation for inpatient visits as folows:

1)  All inpatient (acute, long stay patients, palliative care patients etc.) - Unlimited number of designated essential care givers during visiting hours; however, only two (2) permitted at a time. 

2)  Children - unlimited visits for two (2) parents/care partners for each admitted child.  Child is considered birth to 18 years of age.

3) End of Life - unlimited visits for two (2) essential care partners at a time- immediate family members e.g., spouse or children (may have more than two family members identified).

4)  Critically ill or sudden decline in status - Two (2) essential care givers for critically ill patient or patient with a sudden decline in status.

Our visiting hours are daily from 1pm to 6 pm.

An essential care partner is someone who provides direct care to the patient in an effort to improve or maintain physical, emotional and psychological well-being and assist with transitions of care. (e.g. supporting, feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making).

 Please see below for our revised COVID visitor policy information.

Upon your arrival at one of our sites, please visit Central Registry.

Visitors will be required to sign in at the start of their visit and sign out at the end of each visit in a log.

During your visit, please stay with your designated host or hospital contact.

Visitors will be required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g. mask or eye protection) when inside our facilities.

No smoking is permitted anywhere inside our facilities and only in designated areas outside of our facilities.

Please:

  • Observe the visiting hours for the area you are visiting;
  • Respect our patients’ right to privacy and leave the patient room or care area when requested by hospital staff;
  • Be considerate of the rights of other patients and our staff by treating them with courtesy and respect;
  • Do not visit if you are feeling unwell.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blanche River Health has amended its standard visiting policies. With the increase in COVID cases in our district, we are decreasing our visitors for now as follows:

  • Inpatients are permitted an unlimited number of essential care partners; however, only two (2) are permitted to visit at a time during visiting hours. Visiting hours have been temporarily amended to 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
  • End-of-life and pediatric patients are permitted unlimited visits. 
  • Essential care partners must perform rapid antigen tests prior to visit on day of visit. Only those with a negative test result will be permitted visitation.
  • Outpatient areas remains limited to one (1) essential care partner to accompany a patient to an outpatient appointment. This includes the emergency department, diagnostics, specialist clinics and OTN appointments.

We strongly recommend that visitors be fully vaccinated.

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