***Important*** We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients will still be seen in our Emergency Department, regardless if they are wearing a mask. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items.
***As of July 30th***
Patient volumes in our Emergency Department have been steadily increasing in recent weeks. These volumes, combined with an increase in the number of visitors who are coming to the ED, are making it extremely difficult to maintain physical distancing requirements in the waiting room, especially as we know COVID-19 is circulating in the community with the sudden increase in positive cases in Sudbury.
As the safety of patients, caregivers, staff and physicians is our number one priority, HSN is re-introducing visitor restrictions for the Emergency Department as of July 30th.
No Visitors/Care Partners are allowed at HSN’s Emergency Department until further notice, except where circumstances require special consideration. Special consideration for 1 care partner may include:
· patients very ill or at risk of imminent death - 1 care partner
· Child or youth – 1 care partner
· patients with communication, physical or cognitive impairments or those experiencing mental health crisis preventing the appropriate provision of care – 1 care partner
HSN apologizes for any inconvenience this causes patients and families. All other visitor restrictions remain unchanged for other areas of the hospital. Only Designated Care Partners are allowed at HSN until further notice.