KEMH acute care visiting guidelines available on website

Friday 5 June 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board has today posted a factsheet with details about the current visiting limitations for acute care units at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (BHB COVID-19 Phase One Visiting Factsheet.) A short animation has also been posted to help inform people about the current guidelines.

 

Norma Smith, Vice President Acute and Ambulatory, comments: “We have fielded a lot of calls about the new visiting policy, so we want to make the information as freely available as possible. We are aware that many people want to visit their loved ones in hospital, but we have to remain cautious while the threat of COVID-19 remains. The acute care units care for our biggest patient group and with new admissions every day, we hope these additional resources are useful.”

There are four KEMH acute care units. Three are in the Acute Care Wing (Ace Barber, Ascendant Partner Re and Catlin Lindo), and one in the General Wing (Curtis Ward).

The only exception for the following requirements are patients in isolation (including those with non-COVID-19 infectious diseases), and patients awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests.

Visiting Requirements for KEMH Acute Care Wards:
• Patients in all the acute care wards can designate two support people to visit.
• Visitors are required to check in first at the front desk in the ACW, where the names of all support people are listed.
• They can visit up to two hours between 12 noon and 6pm every day.
• Only one person can visit at a time in Curtis Ward, where there are public and semi-public rooms.
• Two people can visit in the ACW units as rooms are larger and private, so physical distancing can be maintained.
• Visitors must remain masked and maintain physical distancing at all times (even with patients).
• Visitors should also wash hands regularly and well on entry and exit to the hospital, ward and patient room and in between if necessary.
• Visitors should also only use public restrooms, and not use patient bathrooms.

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Notes to Editors
The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.