Visitors & COVID-19

To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians and in compliance with theMinistry of Health, visitation at the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) is operatingwith additional precautions in place. Effective July 19th, 2021 only Designated CarePartners are permitted visitation within the hospital. By entering our hospital as a Designated Care Partner you are agreeing to follow the guidelines listed and serve as apartner for safest possible hospital experience.

Effective November 5th, 2021 all Designated Care Partners visiting a patient in hospital will be required to show documentation of one of the following:
·        Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (two vaccine doses administered >14 days); or
·        Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of the visit. 

The above-listed policy does not apply in the case of:
·        Anyone attending the Timmins and District Hospital to access outpatient services and/or the Emergency Department. COVID-19 vaccination is not a requirement for individuals to receive treatment or care in hospital; and
·        Critical or urgent circumstances
o   A member of the patient care team will review any critical and/or urgent circumstances and provide guidance to Designated Care Partners. 

As part of the screening process at the entrance, Designated Care Partners will be verbally screened for symptoms and be required to show documented proof of vaccine or proof of negative COVID-19 test. All individuals with a documented medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of the visit. 

Vaccination for COVID-19 is not required to access or receive treatment and care at the Timmins and District Hospital.

What is a Designated Care Partner (DCP)?
DCPs are more than visitors, they are crucial members of the care team, providing essential physical, emotional, social and spiritual support. These individuals are defined as a family member and/or person of significance in the life of the patient. All DCPs are identified by either the patient or Substitute Decision Maker (SDM). 

When you arrive:

  • Masks are required for the duration of your visit
  • Please sanitize your hands using the stations located at the main entrance
  • Proceed to the screening window, our screeners will complete the COVID-19 screening and confirm your visitation prior to entry in the building
  • We ask that all Designated Care Partners practice physical distancing for the duration of their stay
  • Designated Care Partners who are visiting Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients will be required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test within seven (7) days of their visit to the screeners. 

Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging and Fracture Clinic

One (1) Designated Care Partner will be permitted in the following circumstances:

  • Patients with communication, physical or cognitive impairments;
  • Patients experiencing mental health crisis;
  • Patients >75 and older;
  • Patients requiring a care partner to be involved with significant care decisions, disclosure of potentially traumatic test results/prognosis;
  • Prenatal Ultrasound appointments; and/or
  • Patients under 18 years of age.

Inpatient (Patients Requiring an Overnight Hospital Stay)
Up to four (4) DCPs will be selected by the patient and/or SDM. Each patient will be permitted two (2), one (1) hour visits per day. Visiting is only permitted between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM daily. Only one (1) DCP is permitted to visit at a time. 

Patients Giving Birth
Two (2) DCPs are permitted for each patient. Each patient will be permitted one (1) DCP visit at a time. 

Two (2) Designated Care Partners.

Patients at End of Life
Four (4) DCPs are permitted and, where there is opportunity for physical distancing, two (2) DCPs may visit the bedside at the same time. At no time are more than two visitors allowed at the bedside at the same time. Additional visitors may be considered, weighing the health and safety of all. Additional visits must be approved and scheduled in advance by contacting the manager of the unit. 

Additional visitors may be considered, weighing the health and safety of all. 

COVID-19 Probable or Positive Patients
For safety reasons, no in-person visitation is permitted. 
The unit will attempt to accommodate virtual visitation in addition to the use of the phone located in patient rooms. Exceptions for end of life and exceptional circumstances will be considered. 

Contact the Timmins and District Hospital General Inquiries Line at 705-267-2131 or

We understand the burden that this places on patients and their families and appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to provide quality patient care during these unprecedented times.