Based on the rate of community transmission of COVID-19, we have reduced the presence of Essential Care Partners (visitors) at our three sites of Unity Health Toronto to help keep our patients, staff and community safe. This is being balanced with the need to support Essential Care Partner presence, which is critical to the recovery and experience of our patients.
New as of Friday, Jan. 15: Patients staying at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital or Providence Healthcare (not in the Houses of Providence), who have been in hospital for longer than seven (7) days may have one designated essential care partner who can visit once a week at a scheduled time for a maximum of three (3) hours.
Have you received your COVID-19 vaccine? For the health and safety of our patients and our communities, even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, please continue to follow all public health measures and Unity Health Toronto’s visitor restrictions. The COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe illness and death caused by COVID-19, but individuals who are vaccinated can still catch and spread the virus. Please continue to do the following:
- Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and practice frequent and proper hand hygiene. For more information on our current public health measures, please visit this page.
- Follow our current no-visitor policy which limits visits only to Essential Care Partners who have applied for, been accepted, and scheduled a visit as an Essential Care Partner. Please do not come to the hospital if you have not been approved to visit.
Please click the option that applies to you:
- Can I accompany a patient who is coming in for day surgery, lab test or a clinic appointment?
- Can I visit a loved one who is staying at the hospital?
- Can I accompany a patient who needs to go to the Emergency Department?
- Can I visit a resident in the Houses of Providence?
- I was told I don’t qualify to visit, but I disagree. What can I do?
- Can I connect virtually with a loved one in the hospital?
It is important that we continue to limit the number of individuals entering our hospitals to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
There is currently no timeline for our visitor restrictions. Our actions are guided by the rate of community spread of COVID-19, the government’s direction, and capacity in our own hospitals.
If we can accommodate this safely and the patient fits our visiting criteria, we will try to do so. Use this contact list to reach your loved one’s unit to learn more.