Visitor restrictions expanded in Northern Zone

Increased visitor restrictions are being implemented at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow to reflect COVID-19 activity.

Visitor restrictions in Nova Scotia Health facilities were put in place earlier this week to further reduce the risk of the virus being introduced or spread within its facilities. These restrictions are in place at most sites in Nova Scotia Health’s Northern Zone (Municipality of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties).

Beginning today Friday, Jan. 7, inpatients and long-term care residents at the following sites are not able to receive visitors due to COVID-19 activity and/or staffing requirements:

• Aberdeen Hospital – Transitional Care Unit (NEW)
• Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital - Northumberland Veterans Unit, Pictou
• South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Parrsboro
• Bayview Memorial Health Centre, Advocate Harbour

Each resident in these facilities or units will be permitted to have two designated caregivers visit to provide mental and physical support whenever possible based on operational situations.
Exceptions may be made for palliative care patients, patients receiving Medical Assistance in Dying and other patients nearing end of life in consultation with their care team. Whenever possible, our teams will use technology to enable virtual involvement of support persons. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice and will be monitored closely.

Please note, all other hospitals/sites within the Northern Zone will follow provincial inpatients and outpatients visitor restriction guidelines:

Nova Scotia Health sincerely apologizes to patients and their families for tightening visitor restrictions at this time. We understand restrictions are difficult for patients and families and appreciate the important and valuable role family caregivers’ play in supporting patient care and mental wellbeing. As our teams work to implement these changes to keep our patients and staff safe, we thank all of you for your continued support, patience and understanding. We will monitor these restrictions closely and will make changes when appropriate.