Vancouver Coastal Health continues to support visitors for essential visits. Essential visits include, but are not limited to:
Visits for compassionate care, including critical illness, palliative care, hospice care, end of life and medical assistance in dying (MAID)
Visits paramount to the patient, client or resident's physical care and mental well-being (mental and emotional support). This includes:
Assistance with feeding, mobility, personal care
Communication assistance for persons with hearing, visual, speech, cognitive, intellectual or memory impairments
Assistance by designated representatives for persons with disabilities, including emotional support
Visits for supported decision-making
Visits for pediatric care, labour and delivery
Existing registered volunteers providing the services described above.
Visits required to move belongings in or out of a patient/client or resident's room.
Police, correctional officers and peace officers accompanying a patient/client for security reasons.
Spiritual care providers of all denominations are considered part of the care team. The single visitor guideline does not apply to them
Review of decisions about essential visits: Families and visitors can ask for a review of a decision about what is considered an essential visit by contacting the VCH Patient Care Quality Office.
These restrictions are in place to protect the health of our patients, clients, residents, staff and physicians. Thank you for your understanding.