Amendments to Visitation/Visitor Guidelines

Media Release

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
Changes to the Visitation Guidelines
for Visitors and Support Persons

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) recognizes that visitors and support persons are essential to the health and well-being of our patients and are an important part of the healing process.

Visitor restrictions were implemented in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario per the direction of the Ontario Medical Officer of Health.

The current policy at PSFDH for visitors and support persons attempts to balance the safety of our patients, staff, and physicians while providing the best possible access to the hospital by our community. At this time, one visitor or support person is allowed for:

  • Patients receiving palliative care at the end stages of life
  • Patients who are critically ill in Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Patients who have been admitted for longer than 2 weeks of stay
  • Partner (or support persons) for a patient in labour or with a complex obstetrical diagnosis
  • Patients requiring assistance with rehabilitation
  • Patients undergoing surgery, dialysis, or attending the Medical Day Unit who require assistance of a support person
  • Patients who require assistance of a support person (e.g. children under 16 years, patients with dementia, developmental or physical challenges)

These guidelines apply to the Emergency Departments, Outpatient Departments, Inpatient Departments and Diagnostic Imaging Departments.

Entry to the PSFDH continues to be restricted to specific entry locations, which includes the Emergency Department entrances at both the Great War Memorial (GWM) and Smiths Falls sites as well as a second entry point at the main entrance of the GWM site (Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Visitor Guidelines:

  •  All visitors must successfully pass COVID-19 screening at the hospital entrance and must be escorted by a staff member to the location where the patient is located.
  •  All visitors must successfully pass COVID-19 screening at the hospital entrance and must be escorted by a staff member to the location where the patient is located.
  • All visitors must sanitize their hands when entering and leaving the hospital and the care area. Social distancing should be maintained at all times.
  • All visitors/support persons must wear a mask at all times when in the hospital.
  • Visits must be pre-planned with the charge nurse of the care unit to ensure timeliness of visit with only one visitor at a time (to ensure social distancing).
  • Visitors will also be asked to sign in and out when they enter and leave the care area with contact information. (In the case of extenuating circumstances, overnight stays and more than one visitor may be permitted.)

It is requested that visitors only come during the day and to keep visitations to one family member, if possible. If multiple family members are requesting to visit, please discuss with the nursing staff.

As always, virtual visits are encouraged and welcomed. Patients and families can connect online using their personal communication devices (phone, tablet, etc.).

Unfortunately, items such as food or gifts are not permitted at this time. Essential items that are permitted are as follows (please ensure items are brought in a zip-top bag, if possible):

  • Glasses
  • Hearing aids, Hearing Aid Batteries
  • Dentures, Denture Adhesive, Denture Cleaner
  • Medications
  • Shoes for rehabilitation and Socks
  • Clothes on the day of discharge (no earlier)
  • Communication device such as iPad, tablet, laptop, cell phone or similar (items that staff can wipe down) [Don’t forget the charging cord]. PSFDH has WiFi connection for the patients to use.
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo
  • Electric Shaver
  • Pen
  • Comb or Brush
  • Walking Aids
  • CPAP Machines

Please note that the items brought to patients must be “wipe-able” to support our stringent infection control practices. This is to keep the patients and the staff safe.

Thank you to the community for your patience, understanding and adherence to the visitor guidelines. Please note that our visitor guidelines and practices will continue to be monitored and change as the hospital continues to implement a carefully thought out and measured approach focusing on safety and quality of care.

About PSFDH:
The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites. The Hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 60,000 people in the surrounding communities. The Hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis, as well as laboratory and infection control services.

For more information contact:
Dr. Barry Guppy
President and CEO
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext. 1110
www.psfdh.on.ca

COVID-19 Update

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is carefully following the developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and adjusting hospital operations that ensures our patients and staff are able to provide necessary hospital care to the community.

New information is constantly being updated on the following websites, including a daily situation report for Ontario:

Public Health Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Lanark Leeds and Grenville Public Health Unit:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Public members who are concerned about COVID-19 can complete an online self-assessment to help decide when and where to seek care.  The self-assessment is available at:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-self-assessment

If you have symptoms or travel related to COVID-19, please call public health or telehealth first. If you are advised by public health or telehealth to report to the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Emergency Department, please call the hospital ahead to notify us, if possible:

Perth/GWM Site:  613-267-1500                    

Smiths Falls Site:  613-283-2330 

You will be asked to clean your hands and will be given a mask by the registration clerk or volunteer.

**In case of an emergency – dial 911 and inform the operator of your recent travel history and concern about the COVID19.**

COVID-19 – Hospital Implements Temporary Measures

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has prepared a full statement as of today’s date.

To read the full statement, please click here.

Please help prevent the spread of misinformation by staying up to date with credible sources.

The important factors are symptoms and travel history. Ethnicity does not make a person high risk.

PSFDH Statement re: COVID-19 – March 10, 2020

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has prepared a full statement as of today’s date.

To read the full statement, please click here.

Please help prevent the spread of misinformation by staying up to date with credible sources.

The important factors are symptoms and travel history. Ethnicity does not make a person high risk.

 

 

Welcome to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

The Heart of Your Hospital

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is a fully accredited health care facility located on two sites serving a catchment population of approximately 60,000+ residents within the tri-county region of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital was incorporated in 1995 following the amalgamation of the Smiths Falls Community Hospital and the Great War Memorial Hospital of Perth District.  The hospital is located in the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN#10).

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has a long history in the provision of high quality health services to its community.

Click here for a printable map of Lanark County and on the following links for printable maps of Smiths Falls and the town of Perth.

The Hospital’s mission is to provide quality care based on the principles of total quality management for acute and chronic in-patients, as well as provision of emergency and ambulatory care. The Hospital is also committed to the development and support of health promotion programs in cooperation with other professional, community, and planning agencies.

 

Great War Memorial Site
33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
Tel: (613) 267-1500
Smiths Falls Site
60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
Tel: (613) 283-2330

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