MSH allowing scheduled essential visitors

If you have a loved one staying at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), they may now be able to schedule you in for a visit. Previously, MSH was closed to visitors due to COVID-19 precautions.

Protecting the health and safety of patients, staff and community is top priority for the hospital. For this reason, visiting hours, duration of visits and the number of visitors permitted in the hospital at one time will be restricted to maintain safe distancing between all those on-site.

The following types of patients may now be able to schedule essential visitors at MSH:

  • a patient who is near death
  • an ill child (1 parent or guardian at a time)
  • a patient giving birth
  • a patient undergoing major surgery
  • a patient who the care team determines requires support with communication (e.g., language interpretation) or mobility
  • a patient who has a long stay in hospital (> 30 days)
  • a patient who has a life altering event and/or diagnosis
  • a patient who is suffering from a critical illness or is unstable (including mental health crisis)
  • a patient who has a cognitive impairment or significant development or intellectual disability
  • a patient who has a caregiver that supports essential patient care (such as feeding)
  • a patient who is in the emergency department, space permitting, and with permission from the health care team

Visitor safety protocols such as screening, visitor identification, mandatory masks, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing will be required at all times when at the hospital. See the MSH website to find out more.

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