NSHA has put in place visitor restrictions at all facilities

 Waiting Room

Nova Scotia Health Authority has put in place visitor restrictions at all Nova Scotia Health Authority facilities to limit the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19.

No visitors are permitted in any of NSHA’s hospitals or facilities except in compassionate and supportive situations in consultation with the care team. Consideration will be given to:

  • Supports for individuals receiving palliative care or MAID
  • One designated support person per patient for labor and delivery room;
  • Parents/guardian with pediatric patients;
  • One support person/substitute decision maker as required for patients needing assistance including but not limited to cancer care, some emergency, outpatient or critical care situations, discharge planning (a healthy individual to pick up discharged patients)

We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory infection. Multiple people waiting in hallways, family rooms or waiting rooms is not acceptable given requirements to social distance.

If you feel unwell (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), please do not visit at this time.

Updated visitor restriction information pertaining to cancer patients

Recognizing the fine balance between the real needs for emotional support and the implications of spreading COVID-19 in our treatment areas to vulnerable patients, the following visitor/companion policy will be implemented:

  • Except under exceptional circumstances (e.g. mobility concerns, substitute decision maker in place, etc.) patients must attend appointments alone as per NSHA guidelines.

Inpatients

We are encouraging the family members of cancer patients to adhere to the no-visitor restriction.  If a patient has unique physical, emotional or cognitive complexity we will make an exception and allow 1 visitor to be present. 

Treatment
We are not permitting companions in the treatment venues, as the physical layout makes social distancing difficult and the vast majority of patients are immunocompromised.
 
Ambulatory clinics
In keeping with cancer centres across Canada, the NSHA cancer care program will permit patients who are having their first appointment to bring one companion with them.  

We will also be giving the option to join in via phone/Facetime should companions not wish to enter the facility.  For subsequent clinic visits, we are asking patients to respect the no visitor restriction but will make exceptions if the patient has unique physical, emotional or cognitive complexity impacting their ability to attend alone.