Providence hospitals remove restrictions on visiting hours

Photograph by: Bill Keay , PNG

Loudspeaker announcements signalling the end of visiting hours are now a thing of the past at St. Paul’s Hospital and all other Providence Health Care facilities, which are now welcoming visitors 24-7.

Providence’s 16 acute, rehab and long-term care facilities are believed to be the first in B.C. to drop visiting-hour restrictions. Other hospitals and health regions are considering doing likewise.

“We are blazing a trail,” said Shannon Parsons, the nurse who led the change at Providence. “Family visits play a huge role in the comfort level of patients. Visitors can also be helpful to the care team, serving as a second set of eyes and ears.”

The length of each visit will be at the discretion of patients, in collaboration with their health-care providers.

Pamela Fayerman Reports

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