Preparing for your visit
All patients can expect to be asked a set of screening questions to assess their possible risk of COVID-19, including:
- Whether they are experiencing any known symptoms
- If they have travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled
- If they have visited a location with known exposure risk or
- If they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive.
Use of Masks
For patients and essential support people
The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), following the announcement by the Public Health Agency of Canada, suggested that Nova Scotians consider wearing non-medical masks for certain activities. It is important to note that this is an additional precaution, in addition to hand hygiene, that may help reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the community, where physical distancing is not possible.
Patients (and their essential support person) who enter a NSHA facility will be screened at the door. Those who have respiratory symptoms will be given a medical mask at that time. If they are wearing their own non-medical mask, they will be asked to use a medical mask provided to them, after completing hand hygiene.
Patients (and their essential support person) who do not have symptoms are NOT required to wear a mask, but can continue to wear their own non-medical mask if they wish to do so.
Patients/visitors/essential support people wearing their own non-medical mask need to continue frequent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and avoid touching their mask and face. Masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19; their main role is to protect others from your own respiratory secretions.
You can find updated visitor restriction information here.
Public health measures
Please wash your hands or use the alcohol-based sanitizers located throughout the sites.
Physical distancing (two metres/six feet) is required in the waiting areas and all common spaces throughout the hospital.
Access control measures remain in place at our facilities which includes limiting the number of entrances to our buildings. Please enter and exit at the identified access points.