The days of strict hospital visiting hours are ending at Barrie’s RVH.
As of Thursday, the hospital will adopt a 24/ 7 open door policy.
Executive Vice President of the Patient and Family Experience, Nancy Savage says they don’t see a downside for the patient.
Studies have shown that visitors assist with the patient’s mood and recovery.
They offer another voice for the care team.
The visitors can assist in making sure no mistakes are made in medication.
Savage expects no real problems with having too many visitors or noise level and that would be dealt with , as it is now, with a conversation.
Current visiting hours are 2 to 8 p.m. daily.
Children can visit with an adult.
This will be the new policy in most areas of the hospital.