Vitalité Health Network to remove general visiting schedule

The Vitalité Health Network has announced changes to its policy on visiting hours that will remove the 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. general visiting schedule.

A news release says family members or care partners of inpatients will be able to remain with their loved ones at any time of the day or night.

Other visitors will be able to visit Network facilities at any time during the day, but are encouraged to respect rest time, which runs from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. 

Vice-President of Clinical Services Johanne Roy says this change is intended to focus on the family and allow a family member or care partner to take part in the delivery of health care and decision-making.

She says they want "family members to become 'health partners' rather than 'visitors', 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

The changes are effective as of September 1st.