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Saskatoon Hospitals Moving To Level 1 Family Presence Wednesday

The Royal University Hospital (RUH), St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) and Saskatoon City Hospital (SCH) will move from Level 2 family presence/visitation to Level 1, effective 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. This change does not apply to units experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak where additional visitor restrictions apply to keep everyone safe. Family presence in Emergency Departments is currently dependent on physical capacity in the space and is determined by number of patients waiting in the department.

These changes to family presence apply to both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. Essential family/support person(s) may accompany patients outdoors.

Level 1 Family Presence means that all patients;

  • Patients can designate two essential family/support persons to provide in-person support. Only one designated person can be with the patient at a time (two at a time for maternal/children's services).

  • Timing and frequency of family presence is to be determined in collaboration with the staff, patient and essential family/support person based on patient needs and considerations of the care team/service area.

  • More than two people can be designated in the following circumstances:

    • Adult critical care or intensive care units

    • End-of-life/palliative care

Family members and support people who are permitted must undergo a health screening prior to entering a facility. This includes a temperature check and questionnaire. Screening requirements do not change if you have been vaccinated. The family member or support person will be required to perform hand hygiene (hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer) when entering and leaving the facility and when entering and leaving the patient's or resident's room. Family members and support people will be required to wear a medical grade mask while inside the facility and additional personal protective equipment if it is required. Movement in the facility must be kept to essential movement only. Family members/support persons who are coming in to Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) facilities are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible as another layer of protection.




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