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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.) - Two (2) essential care givers during visiting hours.

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

3) End of Life - unlimited visits for Two (2) essential care givers 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 giver 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.

COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at both the Englehart and Kirkland Lake hospital sites effective April 7, 2022.  As a result, enhanced infection control measures are in place, and essential care partner/visitor restrictions are now in effect until further notice.

Inpatient visits by essential care partners are suspended until further notice with exceptions applicable to:

  • patients who are end-of-life;
  • patients who are critically-ill prior to transfer to another facility;
  • patients who are under the age of 18-years old (one parent/guardian is permitted at a time.)

Outpatient and Emergency Department patients coming to the hospital will be allowed to have an escort/caregiver accompany them in the following situations:

  • patients who are critically-ill prior to transfer to another facility;
  • patients who are under the age of 18-years old (one parent/guardian is permitted at a time;)
  • patients with mobility and/or cognitive impairment who require care partner assistance during their visit;
  • obstetrical patients who are receiving an ultrasound.
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