South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is allowing patients to have their partners, close family members and friends by their bedside 24/hours a day.
Patients will be able to identify their Partners in Care says SBGHC CEO Michael Barrett, who adds the idea came from talks within the organizations Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) following a review from a working group of representatives from various areas of the hospital.
The review identified restricting visiting from 2:00-8:00 p.m. put a limit on patients spending time with their loved ones, placing more importance on hospital workflow priorities than what is best for the patient and family.
"The new policy will ensure the patient can identify who're their Partners in Care...and they can actually be at the patients bedside 24 hours a day, and all other visitors would be welcome between 9-9 p.m.," says Barrett.
Following 9 p.m., quiet hours will be observed to help patients get the rest they need.
Barrett adds this will help with the patient experience, "ensuring those family members and friends that are closest to the patient can be there at all the right times, when the patient needs the support of family and friends."
The new Family Presence Policy has been implemented at the organization’s four hospital sites: Durham, Kincardine, Chesley and Walkerton.