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Easing of restrictions on visitors and food delivery for patients

August 17, 2020

Maintaining the safety of patients and staff is our top priority, and when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, part of our response was to put precautions in place that restricted visiting and food delivery to our patients.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, so will our visitor policies. With a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases in our community in recent weeks, we are able to safely ease some of the restrictions to help enhance the patient experience. We know the support of family and loved ones is important for our patients' health and are pleased to announce further easing of restrictions on our visiting and food delivery protocols:

COVID-19 test no longer required for visitors

Effective immediately, it is no longer necessary for visitors to Runnymede to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within two weeks of their visit.

Visitors will still be required to wear a mask, view training materials on hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) and undergo screening for symptoms upon entry at the hospital. For details, please read this information resource for visitors to Runnymede.

Food delivery for patients

Friends and family of our patients can now bring food for their loved one to Runnymede. To help ensure safety of our patients and staff, all food that is delivered to the hospital must meet the following criteria:

  • It is ready-to-eat
  • It is an individually packaged single serving
  • It is in a disposable container labelled with the patient’s name and room number

Food items that meet the above criteria can be dropped off at Runnymede’s main entrance between 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. daily.