WEARING A MASK IS STILL REQUIRED IN PATIENT AREAS AT SUNNYBROOK. READ OUR VISITOR GUIDELINES »

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Emergency Department visitor information

The Emergency Department (ED) carefully considers its approach to visitors, balancing safety, compassion, and physical space limitations. We know that visitors and essential care partners are important to our patients.

A mask is still required by all patients, visitors and staff at all times in the ED.

Each patient in our ED is allowed one visitor at a time. If a second person wishes to visit the patient, the first visitor must first leave. One exception is if a patient is at the end of their life (less than 72 hours life expectancy), they may have up to 2 visitors at the bedside at one time.

If a patient is admitted to hospital, but remains in the ED, then visiting hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. apply. That means that visitors must leave from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. Once a patient moves from the ED to an inpatient area, different rules may apply.

Visitors who are not in compliance with the requirements outlined above will be required to leave. We have a zero tolerance policy for violence or harassment in the ED.