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Regular visiting to resume at QEH

October 29th, 2022

Barbadians will soon have more time to visit their loved ones who are patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

This as effective Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, regular visiting will resume, following months of restricted visiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release, the QEH noted visitation to the hospital’s general medical and surgical wards, inclusive of the High Dependency Unit, will be facilitated between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily.

For critically ill patients receiving care in the Intensive Care Units, shorter visiting hours will continue to be in effect to allow them the time necessary to rest and recover. Therefore, visitation to the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units (MICU and SICU) will continue to be facilitated between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily.

Similarly, visitation to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) will be facilitated between 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. However, visits to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will only be facilitated for parents, and these visits will be allowed during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily.

For the Accident and Emergency Department, all patients will be allowed a parent, guardian, relative, caregiver or custodian to stay with them during their stay within the department.

The QEH says the move comes in response to the resounding call from patients, family members, nursing staff and doctors for the re-implementation of extended hospital visiting hours.

It has also reminded the public that mask wearing remains mandatory when visiting the QEH.

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