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Patient + Visitor Restrictions

Updated: July 27, 2021 / 04:49 PM

Your safety is our biggest priority

We are delighted that Nova Scotia Public Health pandemic measures are changing and reopening across the province has begun. At IWK Health because of the patients and families we serve, we continue to require enhanced measures even as the provincial restrictions are eased.

These ongoing measures remain in place to ensure safety for all as we continue to navigate reopening. They include pre-screening before your appointment or admission, door screening on arrival, masking when you come on site, testing when you’re admitted, and limits on the number of support persons who can come with you. 

If you have questions before your arrival about your appointment or admission, you may contact your health care team directly, or you can call the IWK COVID hotline at 1-902-233-3495.

 

 

Aligned with a phased provincial reopening plan and based on improving epidemiology of COVID-19 in NS, one support person per patient will be welcomed for all adult ambulatory/outpatient services starting Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 8:00 AM.

There will be an increase to support people in several areas at IWK Health. These include:

  • up to two adult support people for all adult inpatient services 
  • one adult support person for adult day surgery 
  • one adult support person for prenatal care, including prenatal ultrasound 
  • up to two adult support people for pediatric day surgery

 

Latest support person restrictions


There are differences in the physical layout where care is being provided. These differences impact our ability to practice appropriate physical distancing therefore we have taken a location-by-location approach to support person restrictions.

 

Emergency Department
Emergency Department
1
One support person
Pregnant, in Labour, Delivering or Postpartum
Early Labor and Assessment Unit
1
One support person
Obstetrical Day Unit
1
One support person
Fetal Assessment and Treatment Centre
1
One support person
Perinatal Centre
1
One support person
Birth Unit
2
Two support people
(Doula is considered one of two support persons)
Prenatal Special Care Unit
2
Two support people
Family Newborn Care Unit
2
Two support people
Obstetrical Ultrasound
1
One support person
Postpartum Clinic
1
Parent, baby + 1 support person
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2
Two support people
Perinatal Follow Up Clinic
Perinatal Follow Up Clinic
1
One support person
Pediatric Inpatients
(for Pandemic Response Unit see category below)
Pediatric Inpatients
2
Two support people
Pandemic Response Unit
Pandemic Response Unit
1
One support person
Adult Surgery Inpatients
Adult Surgery Inpatients
2
Two support people
Women's/Adult Ambulatory Clinics
Breast Health Clinic - New Diagnosis
1
One support person
Breast Health Clinic - Annual Recheck
1
One support person
Early Pregnancy Complication Clinic
1
One support person
Women’s/Adult OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
Women’s/Adult OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
1
One support person
Mental Health & Addictions
Ambulatory Clinics
1
One support person (exception for interventions requiring more)
INPATIENT UNITS & DAY TREATMENT SERVICES
Adolescent Intensive Services
2
Two support people
Children’s Intensive Services
2
Two support people
Secure Care Unit
2
Two support people
Garron Centre
2
Two support people
Pediatric Day Surgery Appointments
Pediatric Day Surgery Appointments
2
Two support people
Pediatric Outpatient (Ambulatory) Appointments
Pediatric Outpatient (Ambulatory) Appointments
1
One support person
Adult Outpatient (Ambulatory) Appointments
(for pregnant, in labour, delivering or postpartum see category above)
Women’s Ambulatory Clinics
1
One support person
Perioperative Clinic
1
One support person
Breast Imaging/Screening
Breast Imaging (IWK 6th floor)
1
One support person
Breast Biopsy (IWK 6th floor)
1
One support person
Breast Screening (Halifax Shopping Center, Dartmouth and Cobequid)
1
One support person
Diagnostic Imaging
Pediatrics
1
One support person
Adult Ultrasound
1
One support person
Obstetric Ultrasound
1
One support person
All other adult procedures (includes MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Bone Density)
1
One support person
Blood Collection Lab
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
1
One support person
Maritime Medical Genetics
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
1
One support person

 

We will be screening at the door to ensure our patients are kept safe.

We must continue to minimize numbers to the health care facilities to protect patients and staff. Please note that children under the age of 12 are not considered a support person. Please make childcare arrangements for siblings and children not receiving care. Infants (12 months and younger) who are breastfeeding will be supported to come to the health centre during outpatient appointments and are allowed to remain with their mothers in the event of overnight admission.

We understand the complexity involved in implementing these changes and that some areas may have difficulty accommodating additional support people due to the need to maintain physical distancing requirements. In these cases, care teams will work with families to discuss options based on care needs. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make additional changes as required.

 

 

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