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Patient safety is our top priority when providing care at Grand River Hospital. You are a vital part of the care your child receives. We ask that one parent/guardian remain with your child throughout his/her hospital stay. Your presence will not only be reassuring for your child, but will help us to keep you informed.
You can assist us in safe care of your child by:

  • Making sure safety devices such as side rails/safety belts are in place at all times;
  • Letting your nurse know if you must leave your child;
  • Using the handwash sinks or the hand gel frequently to avoid the spread of infection; and
  • Ensure visiting guidelines are followed.
Infection control/isolation

Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when you enter your child’s room, leave the room, and after any contact with your child. Hand sanitizer is available outside each room. Please reduce the spread of infection by handling only your child. 

Please do not share toys between children…even in your child’s room. Any toys, books or movies that are brought in to your child’s room need to remain in the room until our housekeeping staff can thoroughly clean and disinfect them.

Your child may be cared for in an isolation room. There are several types of isolation based on your child’s symptoms and diagnosis. Please follow the isolation precautions posted on the door outside of your child’s room. If your child is in isolation, he/she may only leave the room with staff assistance for medical procedures. 

Children who are not in isolation may use the family lounge. Please leave all items from the family lounge in that room.

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Please protect yourself and your loved ones.

Please don’t visit the hospital if you have cold or flu symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose), unexplained gastrointestinal problems (i.e. upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea) or open wounds, sores or rashes. And when you're here, clean your hands often!

Staying safe: protect yourself and patients from infections