Visiting Hours

The presence of family members can be a great source of assistance for staff and comfort for the patient. Family participation in care improves quality of life and quality of care. 

SAH has developed the following Visiting Guidelines:

  • Visiting hours will be from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm with limited visiting from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am for special circumstances.
  • Visiting hours in the Mental Health unit will be from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Respecting the patients needs for rest, visitors will be limited to two at a time per patient to enhance the comfort of the patient as well as the comfort and privacy of other patients in the room.
  • When isolation precautions are in place, visiting restrictions may be put in place.
  • Medical or nursing staff may further extend or may restrict visiting time on the basis of the patient's or roommate's condition at any time.
  • Children must be appropriately supervised by an accompanying adult at all times.
  • Visiting hours may change from time to time.

 Special Considerations


  • Parents may visit at any time
  • One parent is encouraged to stay overnight

Neonatal Intensive Care

  • Parents may visit alone or together at any time
  • Grandparents and siblings of newborn may visit during regular hospital visiting hours (accompanied by one parent)

Labour and Delivery

  • Partner and/or Coach only (two consistent individuals)
  • Family may visit for a short time immediately after the birth during recovery room period (at the discretion of the nurse)


  • Partner may stay overnight to assist mother when baby is in room
  • Partners not staying overnight may visit at any time
  • Only children allowed are siblings of newborn

Operating Room Holding Unit

  • One person may accompany the patient to wait for surgery

Renal Dialysis, Oncology Clinic, Other Clinics

  • One person may accompany the patient during an infectious disease outbreak

Emergency Room

  • The nurse will allow visitors depending on the condition of the patient
  • Parents may accompany a child who is five years old or younger
  • One parent may accompany a child who is 5-16 years of age
  • All other visitors will be asked to wait in the waiting room

Please note:

  • Staff and Security  enforce the Visiting Policy
  • This policy is subject to change at any time
  • Each department reserves the right to limit visitation and visitors may be asked to leave at any time
  • Further visitor restrictions will apply in the event of an infectious disease outbreak