Masking requirements increase at Stevenson Memorial Hospital

News release – Stevenson Memorial Hospital

Effective Monday, November 27, 2023, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is increasing masking requirements at the hospital.

Wearing a hospital-provided medical mask will be required in all areas of the hospital, including
hallways and common spaces.

The change to their masking protocol comes as the number of COVID-19 cases increases in
the region, including outbreaks at health care facilities, long-term care facilities and retirement
homes.

“SMH is a mask-friendly, inclusive environment that keeps the safety of all individuals at the
hospital a top priority,” says Julia Mullen, VP Clinical Services & CNE, SMH. “This is an effort
to keep our vulnerable patients safe, while reducing transmission within our facility and
preserving our operational capacity.”

Visitors continue to be required to wear medical-grade masks (no cloth masks) upon entry to
the hospital, which will be provided. Visitors must wash their hands before entering and after
leaving a patient’s room. Any visitors experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are a high-risk
contact of a confirmed case are asked not to enter the hospital. Hospitalized patients are often
immunocompromised and it is important that visitors are diligent in protecting their own family
and friends as well as the other neighbouring patients.

Visitors will not be permitted for any COVID-19 positive/suspected patients.

Family members of patients can contact the Patient Experience Department to book a time to speak with their loved one through technology such as iPads or tablets.

Please call ext. 2310 or email patientexperience@smhosp.on.ca to arrange a virtual visit.

Banner image supplied by Stevenson Memorial Hospital

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