RVH easing some visitor restrictions, permitting one visitor for one hour, once a week

Visits must be booked in advance by pre-designated

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre is easing its visitor’s restrictions just in time for the weekend.

The Barrie medical centre announced, with the move to the red zone, it will be allowing visitors to begin booking visits to patients as of Thursday, with visits permitted again as of Friday.

The hospital’s visitation plan has some strict protocols; each admitted patient can choose one visitor of at least 16 years of age and one backup, but only one visitor at a time, and only once a week during daily visitation blocks. Blocks run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Visits will be limited to one hour at a time. Visit times must be scheduled in advance on the day of the visit or one day prior.

All visitors will be screened for COVID and those with symptoms will be denied entry. Visitors must wear hospital-provided face masks, and masks from home will not be permitted.

At the Emergency Room, visitors will continue to be restricted unless patients require assistance such as communication, end-of-life, or mental health support.

“We recognize the important role a loved one plays in a patient’s recovery and we are now once again permitting limited visitors in to the building,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “Safety remains RVH’s highest priority, so these strict measures will remain in place until it is safe to once again gradually allow more visitors.”

Visitors can call the inpatient unit their family member is on directly to arrange a visit. Call (705) 728-728-9090, then zero, and the call will be transferred to the requested unit. The RVH website is expected to be updated on Thursday to allow for online visits to be booked.