Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) continues to review its visitor restrictions policy implemented in response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic.
Hospital officials say when CKHA is making decisions regarding the visitor policies, the organization considers the safety of its patients, staff, physicians as well as the Chatham-Kent community.
The visitor restrictions policy has recently been updated based on the changing environment and in collaboration with other hospitals in the region.
“Please note, CKHA has modified its description of palliative patients in the policy to identify essential visitors, this means one visit by one visitor to a patient who is actively dying in that case,” hospital officials stated in a media release.
“Further, there will be no visitation for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, due to the extremely high risk to patients, staff, visitors and the community. Virtual visits for these patients will be supported using technology such as iPads. Through generous donations, there are tablets available on every unit for patients to use to connect with their families. While this can in no way replace a face to face visit, it does offer one option to connect.”
Hospital officials say no visitors continue to be permitted to the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites with a few exceptions.
CKHA’s exceptions include one consistent visitor for the following patients only:
– Labouring mothers.
– Paediatrics and Level 2 Nursery.
– Patients who are actively dying and as per today’s announcement, this designated visitor can only make one visit to the hospital.
– Patients undergoing life-threatening surgery, those undergoing surgery for other reasons such as fractures, will not be permitted a visitor.
– Emergency department only for those exceptions noted above: paediatrics, patients who are actively dying or those who will undergo a life-threatening surgery.
“All visitors must be over the age of 18, designated by a patient in one of the units named above, must be non-symptomatic and are required to check in at the main entrance at the Chatham Site and Emergency Department (ED) at the Wallaceburg Site where they will undergo screening,” hospital officials stated.
“Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for visitors designated by patients. Visiting outside of those hours will be by exception approved by the care team and those visitors will be required to enter through the Emergency Department at both sites in off hours.”
Public entrances continue to be limited to the main entrance at the Chatham Site, and the Emergency Department (ED) at the Wallaceburg Site, hospital officials say.
The ED entrance at the Chatham Site is for emergency patients only.
CKHA advises the public to not come to the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.