As of July 6, 2020, designated Care Partners are now granted access to Temiskaming Hospital. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the direction, at the time, from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, visitor restrictions have been in effect since mid-March. After an in-depth review of the hospital’s Visitor Restriction Policy, Temiskaming Hospital is pleased to begin to permit some designated Care Partners in the hospital. At this time, general visitors will continue to not be permitted in the hospital.
A Care Partner differs from a general visitor and is defined as family member(s), guardian(s) or other person(s) who provides critical and often ongoing physical, psychological or emotional support. Care Partners work with the patients or substitute decision makers (SDM) and health care team and are involved in care, care planning and decision making. Care Partners are designated by the patient or SDM.
“This is another step in returning the hospital to as close to normal as possible,” stated Mike Baker, Temiskaming Hospital President & CEO. He continued, “Our surgical programs, Diagnostic Imaging and Ontario Telehealth Network are up and running with some specialty clinics scheduled for resumption through the month of July.”
In-patients may have one dedicated Care Partner for the patient’s length of stay. There are circumstances where additional Care Partners may be designated and/or permitted as outlined within Temiskaming Hospital’s Care Partner Policy. Quiet hours are from 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Specific to outpatient appointments (i.e. Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Ambulatory Care – Day Medicine, Dialysis, clinics,) a Care Partner to provide essential support for a patient (pediatric, vulnerable – cognitive impairment, significant developmental and/or intellectual disability, language/communication barriers) is permitted. The Care Partner will accompany the patient where there are circumstances that assistance is required and the patient would be at risk if alone.
Care Partners will be screened upon entry to Temiskaming Hospital, asked to perform hand hygiene and will be required to wear a hospital-issued face mask at all times while in the hospital. An information sheet will be provided upon arrival, and the Care Partner will be required to sign in/sign out.
Care Partners must not come to the hospital if they:
- Are feeling unwell;
- Have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days;
- Have tested positive for COVID-19;
- Have been tested for COVID-19 with results pending;
- Have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
“Balancing the important role of family, support persons and visitors in providing quality patient care while also ensuring a safe environment for staff and patients remains a priority as we continue to resume scheduled services and programs,” said Erin Montgomery, Chief Nursing Executive and Director of Patient Services. She continued, “Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust practices ensuring the safety and well-being of our hospital. With more traffic throughout the hospital, processes to maximize physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures are frequently being reviewed.”
Temiskaming Hospital will continue to monitor COVID-19 activity including community transmission, availability of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies and additional infection prevention and control progressions.
Temiskaming Hospital’s Virtual Visiting Program remains available and is encouraged.
Temiskaming Hospital’s mission is to provide quality, patient-centered health care and education close to home. For the most up-to-date information about Temiskaming Hospital, please visit www.temiskaming-hospital.com.