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One visitor or Essential Care Partner to be permitted at the bedside starting April 14

Posted Apr 13th, 2022

As cases of COVID-19 increase in the hospital and in the community, it is important that we maintain a safe environment for staff, physicians, patients and families.

Starting Thursday, April 14, only one visitor or Essential Care Partner (ECP) will be permitted at the bedside for inpatient units, including Labour and Delivery and NICU. There is no change for outpatient, Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care Centres (UCC), where patients can continue to bring one person to support them.

COVID-19 protocols to follow while inside the hospital:

  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Clean your hands when entering or leaving spaces.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Do not eat or drink inside patient rooms and other areas not designated for food or drink consumption.
  • Wear identifying stickers in an easy-to-see spot.

Niagara Health regularly reviews and updates its safety measures based on COVID-19 activity to ensure the hospital remains a safe environment.

Visitors, Support Persons and Essential Care Partners (ECPs) are not permitted on units in outbreak. Please see our COVID-19 activity page for a list of these units. Visitors, Support Persons and ECPs are not permitted to see patients who are positive for COVID-19, have had COVID-19 exposure or awaiting test results, except in exceptional circumstances.

For further updates on our visitor guidelines and other COVID-19 related information, please visit our Visitor Information page.

Niagara Health System