No Visitors Unless Exceptional Circumstances
Effective March 20, 2020, visitors will no longer be permitted access to any Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) hospital site unless under exceptional circumstances. “This is part of our ongoing efforts to protect the public, patients, their families, and members of the HPHA Team from the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” says Andrew Williams, President & CEO. Any visitors that need to be at the HPHA under exceptional circumstances must be 16 years or older and pass the screening at the following hospital site entrances:
Clinton Public Hospital – Emergency Department
St. Marys Memorial Hospital – Main Entrance
Seaforth Community Hospital – Main Entrance
Stratford General Hospital – Main Entrance or Emergency Department.
Visitors can be turned away if they do not meet the criteria for exceptional circumstances. Please note these circumstances allow one (1) person to visit/accompany. These criteria include: Compassionate grounds for patients who are dying, partners of women in labour and individuals providing care to a patient who would otherwise be at risk if the personal caregiver was not available (eg. infants, children, other dependents) “We know the importance of maintaining connection with loved ones when in the hospital,” adds Williams. “Our staff will do what they can to help patients and loved ones connect virtually and by telephone.” In order to facilitate this connection, in addition to the existing free WiFi, HPHA will also ensure free telephone and television services are available to all patients as appropriate. Further details on HPHA’s COVID-19 response are available at www.hpha.ca under the COVID-19 Information icon.