Effective immediately Nova Scotia Health is suspending visitation for Central Zone hospital inpatients due to concerns about community spread of COVID-19 except for the following circumstances:
Two support people are allowed for:
- palliative care and other patients nearing end of life
- patients receiving medical assistance in dying
- children under 18 admitted to hospital
- labour and birth
One designated support person is permitted for inpatients who need support due to physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional conditions.
One designated support person will also be permitted for:
- children under 18 in outpatient settings
- prenatal visits
- inpatients or outpatients who need support to receive care while in hospital due to physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional conditions
- those coming to a facility for early labour assessment outside of a scheduled appointment
- cancer patients who are attending their first in-person visit with a cancer doctor, or have a unique physical, emotional, or cognitive conditions impacting their ability to attend alone
- patients requiring support for critical treatment decisions such as organ transplantation, initiation of hemodialysis, etc. at the discretion of the clinic
Visitors and support people entering Nova Scotia Health facilities can expect to be screened at the building entrance.
Exceptions will be considered for compassionate reasons.