Visitors & COVID-19

To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians and in compliance with the Ministry of Health, visitation at the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) is operating with additional precautions in place. Effective July 19th, 2021 only Designated Care Partners 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 a partner for safest possible hospital experience. Designated Care Partners are permitted one hour visits daily, between the hours of 11 AM and 8 PM. 

Effective Monday, February 7th, 2022 limited Designated Care Partner visitation has commenced at the Timmins and District Hospital. To ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physicians additional safety measures, including Designated Care Partner testing requirements have been implemented. Please refer to the Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Designated Care Partners at the bottom of the page for more information. 

This process does apply to 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. 

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 screener

 

Outpatient Designated Care Partner Visitation

Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imagining and Outpatient Clinics

One Designated Care Partner will only be permitted under the following circumstances:

  • Patients with communication, physical or cognitive impairments
  • Patients experiencing mental health crisis
  • Patients requiring a care partner to be involved with significant care decisions, disclosure of potentially traumatic test results/prognosis
  • Patients attending pregnancy-related ultrasound appointments
  • Patients under the age of 21
  • Patients over the age of 75

Inpatient Designated Care Partner Visitation

General Inpatients

Two Designated Care Partners.

Only one Designated Care Partner will be permitted to visit at a time. 

Patients Giving Birth

Two Designated Care Partners. 

One one Designated Care Partner will be permitted to visit at a time. 

Pediatric Patients 

Two Designated Care Partners. 

One one Designated Care Partner will be permitted to visit at a time. 

Palliative Patients/Patients who are at end of life

Two Designated Care Partners. 

At no time are more than two DCPs allowed at the bedside at the same time. This may be restricted to one where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Additional DCPs may be considered, weighing the health and safety of all. Visits must be approved and scheduled in advance by contacting the patient unit directly. 

COVID-19 Probable or Positive Patients and Units in Outbreak and/or Isolation

For safety reasons no in-person visitation will be permitted. 

Exceptions for end of life and exceptional circumstances may be considered. 

Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Designated Care Partners

Outpatient Designated Care Partners

Outpatient DCPs will be asked for proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, if available, when they're screened at the entrance. Outpatient DCPs who are not fully vaccinated may be required to wear a higher level of PPE for the duration of their appointment or visit. 

Inpatient Designated Care Partners 

Inpatient Designated Care Partners will be asked for proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, if available, when they're screened at the entrance. Inpatient DCPs who are not fully vaccinated may be required to wear a higher level of PPE for the duration of their visit. 

All inpatient DCPs, regardless of vaccination status, are required to show proof of negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) from the day of the visit. Rapid Antigen Testing for Inpatient Designated Care Partners will be available onsite at the Timmins and District Hospital as of Thursday, February 10th, 2022 between the hours of 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM. Please present to the front entrance and once you have completed screening you will be escorted to the testing area. Effective Thursday, February 10th the COVID-19 Assessment Centre will not be performing testing for Inpatient Designated Care Partners. 

Once complete, you will be provided documented proof of your negative COVID-19 RAT. Please keep this document with you for the duration of your visit. If returning in the same day, please show this document to the Screeners. 

This process should take approximately 20 minutes however, we ask for your patience and kindness as there may be delays depending on visitor volumes. This process will not have an impact on the hour of designated visitation time. Regardless of test results, masks are required to be worn at all times during any visit.

Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration. Please contact the patient unit directly for more information. 

Questions?
Contact the Timmins and District Hospital General Inquiries Line at 705-267-2131 or generalinquiries@tadh.com.

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.