The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital has moved to no set visiting hours. This change follows many hospitals across the country, based on evidence that suggests patients heal better with support from family and friends.
“CGMH is committed to creating an environment that is supportive of patient and family centered care. We believe it is important for patients to experience the support of family and friends and to be treated as an individual with unique needs. We are committed to providing a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for our patients and staff,” says Norah Holder, vice president of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive.
There are still guidelines in place to help the process. Between 8pm and 6am, visitors can enter through the emergency department entrance and go directly to the nursing station of the inpatient unit. Overnight visiting must be prearranged with the patient’s nurse and Charge Nurse and consent must be obtained by a patient’s roommate, if not in a private room.
More details at cgmh.on.ca.