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Joseph Brant Hospital Easing Visitor Restrictions

Joseph Brant Hospital photo.
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*Please see a media release below issued by Joseph Brant Hospital.

June 26, 2020 – Burlington, ON – Starting Monday, June 29th, Joseph Brant Hospital will begin to gradually reduce visitor restrictions and increase access to the hospital, providing much-needed support for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognizing the importance of family and caregivers in patient care, JBH is implementing new guidelines to allow inpatients to see their family members or caregivers during their stay, while also protecting the health and safety of everyone in the hospital.

New Visitor Guidelines:

  • Each inpatient can identify up to two family members/caregivers to visit during their stay
  • Only one family member/caregiver may be at the bedside at one time
  • Clinical units will provide approved visitor names to entrance screeners daily
  • Visiting hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Ambulatory Care patients are not permitted to have a visitors accompany them at this time, with very limited individual exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Visitor must pass COVID-19 screening before entering the hospital and follow all health and safety measures while in the hospital, including physical distancing and wearing Personal Protective Equipment when necessary.

In addition to these new guidelines, more private rooms on the hospital’s post-partum unit will be opened to allow a patient’s designated care partner to safely remain with them during their entire stay. This change will take effect on July 2.

Additional Entrances Opening:

The hospital is also opening more entrances starting June 29.

Patients and visitors can enter the hospital at the North Tower, South Tower and Pedestrian Bridge following successful completion of the screening process. People who require entry to the hospital between 11:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m., can enter through the 24-hour Emergency Department.

While encouraged, patients and visitors are no longer required to wear masks while in the hospital, provided they successfully complete the screening process prior to entry. Hospital staff and physicians will continue to wear masks, and other Personal Protective Equipment as appropriate, to ensure the health and safety of all

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 information on our website.

1245 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 0A2 | 905.632.3737 | josephbranthospital.ca

Additional Resources

  • Updated visitor guidelines
  • Active screening at hospital entrances
  • Family Member & Caregiver Responsibilities

Quotes

“We appreciate the vital role family and caregivers play in supporting patients while in hospital, and
understand how challenging it has been for them to be separated from their loved ones during the
pandemic. As the province starts to reopen and Joseph Brant Hospital continues to gradually reintroduce
scheduled surgeries and outpatient care, we are easing visitor restrictions so patients can be with their
loved ones and caregivers during their stay. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding,
and thank them for their support throughout this challenging time.” -Eric Vandewall, President and CEO, Joseph Brant Hospital

About Joseph Brant Hospital

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full service community teaching hospital serving more than 185,000 residents in the communities of Halton and Hamilton, including Burlington, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek, with a skilled staff of 194 physicians, 1,911 full- and part-time staff and more than 700 volunteers. In conjunction with McMaster University, JBH is a Clinical Education site, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital with an expanded campus, which includes the seven-storey state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which features a new Emergency Department, 172 acute inpatient beds, 9 new Operating Rooms and post-anaesthetic care unit to support expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services. JBH is also a partner member of the Burlington Ontario Health Team. For more information, visit www.josephbranthospital.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Corporate Communications
905-632-3737 ext. 2038
corporatecommunications@JosephBrantHospital.ca

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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