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PMH to resume visitation hours starting next month

More than two months after it suspended visitation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) will begin to allow visitors on July 1.

According to a statement released by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) yesterday, as of July 1, patients will be allowed one visitor per day. 

It noted that visitors will be restricted to immediate family and must be on a pre-approved list.

“All ward visitation will be permitted once per day between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily,” it said.

“Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Units visitation will be permitted once per day between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. daily.

“Visitation in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department is restricted to one person only. Social distancing requirements restrict the number of relatives to one accompanying the individual.”

The PHA said visitation at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre will also be limited to one visitor per patient during the standard visitation hours.

It noted that only essential items and packages will be accepted from visitors.

“Visitors are required to wear face masks, utilize hand hygiene stations, and complete a brief Q&A/declaration interview,” it said.

“Persons presenting with fever or exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be denied entry for visitation. It is anticipated that screening measures employed will cause some delay at the points of entry.”

According to the PHA, children under 14 will not be permitted to visit facilities unless they require medical care. Visitors will only be allowed to bring approved essential items for patients, and will be prohibited from bringing food, drinks, valuables, televisions, other electronic devices, medications, medical supplies, and household items.

PMH suspended visitation at all wards on April 23 in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, days after several cases of the novel coronavirus was confirmed on the Medical-Surgical Ward II. 

 

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