QEH limiting visitation on Unit 1 this weekend

Wayne Thibodeau
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Unit 1 is closed to visitors until Saturday. Then the hospital will be restricting visitation in Unit 1.

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)


Organizations: Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Recent comments

  • don
    November 10, 2012 - 08:00

    IT'S LIKELY. would be better on staff if ghizzy had not FIRED so many nurses to save money to donate to his friends. so we have less staff to help the sick. be proud liberals of PEI you really should wear a pin saying im proud to have voted for ghizzy.

  • concerned
    November 09, 2012 - 23:23

    Being a former hospital employee, my experience has shown me that most adults do not understand or practice proper technique with regard to handwashing and the general rules necessary to prevent the spread of disease (and having children visit is really asking for trouble.)

  • ugh
    November 09, 2012 - 19:35

    Watch Marketplace about germs in hotel rooms. Mostly due to inproper cleaning techniques. In hospitals not everyone may be diligent re hand washing.Staff included.

  • it's likely
    November 09, 2012 - 19:35

    It's likely islanders are now getting sick of the crap from the government and when that makes us all sick, the overworked hospitals have to be over over worked.

  • don
    November 09, 2012 - 18:45

    i think the big shots of the qeh better hire a good cleaning crew. how many times has the PCH been closed and the amount of people in the hospital means nothing as the dirty is there no mater how many. so till the lol management makes it clear to the staff on how to CLEAN there will be more closures and till they have a death or is that what it is going to happen to wake up theses dummies.

    • DEAR DON
      November 10, 2012 - 07:34

      And where do you suppose "the big shots" or anyone else can find such a crew? Does one exist, even? How far can a wet rag go, and onto how many different surfaces swiped over with the same rag, and still be sanitary! No need for a question mark at the end of that angry question! Have you ever really watched a "cleaning" of a space that a sick person just left? "Cleaning" means CLEAN - not rearranged and spread around the old germs!