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Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Unit 1 is closed to visitors for at least the next 24 hours as the hospital checks into patient complaints of gastro-intestinal illness symptoms.
P.E.I.’s largest hospital will be limiting visitation on Unit 1 to immediate family only beginning Saturday morning as patients continue to recover from gastrointestinal illness like symptoms
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s medical director, Dr. Rosemary Henderson, says they are optimistic the gastrointestinal illness on Unit 1 has run its course.
“It is important that we remain vigilant in ensuring that this illness has completely run its course before we can fully re open the unit to all visitors,” said Henderson.
“We won’t be able to make that decision until Tuesday; however, we do appreciate the important role a family has in a patient’s recovery which is why we will be limiting visitation over the long weekend to immediate family members only.”
Unit 1 remains closed to all visitors until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Then the new restrictions come into place.
“We have had no new cases since Monday and patients affected earlier in the week are recovering well,” added Henderson.
“We appreciate the work being done by staff to safely manage this situation and want to thank families and the public for their understanding. Should the situation change over the weekend we will be sure to provide an update via the media.”
“It is important that we remain vigilant in ensuring that this illness has completely run its course before we can fully re open the unit to all visitors,” Dr. Rosemary Henderson
Patients, including visitors and persons coming in for tests, x-rays or ambulatory procedures, are reminded to clean their hands before and after entering a patient’s room, a department, and upon entering and leaving the facility.
Alcohol hand-rinse stations are available throughout the building for this purpose.
The situation will be reassessed Tuesday morning and officials will be providing a further update on visitor access to Unit 1 at that time.
Restrictions are in place at Unit 1 of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital including:
● Immediate family members only (spouse/ partner, children, parents)
● Only two visitors at one time per patient (this includes
● Visits should be kept brief (15 minutes)