Nova Scotia Health Visitor Restrictions
(last updated: July 16, 2021)
Nova Scotia Health is further easing restrictions to allow more opportunities for family caregivers and primary support persons to support patients where it is feasible and safe to do so within public health guidelines.
In an effort to enhance family presence and increase the number of people able to provide support, patients arriving for ambulatory appointments will now be permitted to have one support person accompany them.
Effective July 16, support people/family caregivers are permitted for patients in the following situations:
- Palliative care and other patients nearing end of life*
- Patients receiving medical assistance in dying MAiD*
- Children under 18 admitted to hospital.
- Patients in intensive care units and critically ill patients in emergency departments
- Patients in labour and giving birth
- Children under 18 in outpatient settings
- Hospital inpatients*
- Patients in emergency departments
- Prenatal visits, including ultrasounds
- Ambulatory care clinics, appointments or procedures
Important information for family caregivers, primary support people
The following measures will help ensure patient, staff and visitor safety. All primary support person/family caregivers must:
- be feeling well at the date and time of the visit
- be screened upon entry - anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, on self-isolation or being tested for COVID-19 due to recent travel or potential exposure to the virus will not be permitted to enter
- wear a medical mask covering their nose and mouth at all times
- maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from staff and others, except your loved one
- wash their hands when entering and leaving the hospital and when entering and leaving the patient’s room
- go directly to and from the patient’s room, or visit location, and remain there for the duration of the visit