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Patient + Visitor Restrictions

Updated: April 15, 2021 / 08:35 AM

Nova Scotia Public Health measures have led to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 within our province, however elsewhere in Canada and the world, there continue to be high daily case numbers. The IWK continues to reinforce Infection Prevention and Control measures including support person restrictions to proactively ensure that we provide the safest care possible to all patients and their families. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust restrictions accordingly.  

We thank patients & families for your cooperation as we work to provide safe care for everyone. 

 

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
0
No support person
Fetal Assessment and Treatment Centre
1
One support person
Perinatal Centre
0
No support person
Birth Unit
2
Two support people
(Doula is considered one of two support persons)
Prenatal Special Care Unit
1
One support person
Family Newborn Care Unit
1
One support person
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
1
One support person
Women's/Adult Ambulatory Clinics
Breast Health Clinic - New Diagnosis
1
One support person
Breast Health Clinic - Annual Recheck
0
No support person
Early Pregnancy Complication Clinic
1
One support person
Women’s/Adult OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
Women’s/Adult OR / Pre-Admission Clinic
0
No 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
0
No support person
Perioperative Clinic
0
No support person
Breast Imaging/Screening
Breast Imaging (IWK 6th floor)
0
No support person
Breast Biopsy (IWK 6th floor)
1
One support person
Breast Screening (Halifax Shopping Center, Dartmouth and Cobequid)
0
No support person
Diagnostic Imaging
Pediatrics
1
One support person
Adult Ultrasound
0
No support person
Obstetric Ultrasound
1
One support person
All other adult procedures (includes MRI, Nuclear Medicine and Bone Density)
0
No support person
Blood Collection Lab
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
0
No support person
Maritime Medical Genetics
Pediatric Patients
1
One support person
Adult Patients
0
No 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 make childcare arrangements for siblings and children not receiving care. Infants who are exclusively breastfeeding are welcome.

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.

 

Patients & Support People from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island & Newfoundland

With the rise in COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick in locations across the province, including outbreaks caused by COVID-19 variants of concern, as of 8:00 a.m. on April 15th, 2021, Public Health is requiring anyone who has travelled to NB to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry into NS. Accordingly, while at the IWK patients and support people from NB will be required to self-isolate in the patient room.

Scheduled appointments and surgeries are proceeding unless you have been contacted and told otherwise by your health care provider.

Once at the IWK, you will be asked screening questions upon entry, given a medical mask, and patients requiring admission or surgery will be swabbed for COVID-19.

 

Patients & Support People from outside the Atlantic Provinces (NS, NB, PEI & NL)

Public Health is requiring anyone who has travelled outside of the Atlantic Provinces to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry into Nova Scotia. Those requiring emergency care or having urgent medical appointments will be permitted to come to the health centre.  Non-urgent medical appointments may be rescheduled until after the self-isolation period is concluded. Please consult the Nova Scotia Public Health website for any border related questions. 

Once at the IWK, you will be asked screening questions upon entry, given a medical mask and patients requiring admission or surgery will be swabbed for COVID-19.  Additionally, while at the IWK patients and support people will be required to self-isolate in the patient room.

 

 

 

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