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Patient + Visitor Restrictions in Effect

Updated: June 19, 2020 / 03:02 PM

IWK Visitor Restrictions as of June 19

  • No Visitors
  • +2 Support People (Children under the age of 12 are not permitted)
    • Pediatric Inpatients
    • Women in Labour
  • +1 Support Person
    • Pediatric Appointments
    • Pediatric Day Surgery/Recovery Room
    • Emergency Department
    • Early Labour Assessment
    • Prenatal Special Care Unit Inpatients (those who are admitted to hospital)**
    • Adult Surgery (inpatient stay, does not include adult day surgery)**
  • Screening: We will be screening at the door to ensure our patients are kept safe.


We understand the limitations on support people have been very hard for patients, families and staff alike. With that in mind, we will be taking a phased approach to allowing additional support people in some circumstances and where it is operationally feasible and safe to do so within the public health safety guidelines.

Some areas allow for social distancing better than others and there are many considerations we must balance. The needs of patients and families are always at the heart of our decision making. We ask for your patience and understanding as we approach this safely and gradually.

Support persons coming to the IWK for a visit should not be travelling around the Health Centre. All support persons must present at the entrance for screening and stay in the room and on the unit where the patient they are supporting is located. 

**Due to space limitations, at this time we cannot safely accommodate support people to the adult preadmission clinic, pre-op clinic, or the OR waiting area, or any other adult ambulatory clinic. This includes ultrasound.  



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