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Central Health Provides Update on Support Persons in Labour and Delivery

Central Health would like to advise that patients throughout the region may now have one partner/support person present during labour and delivery and that person may stay with the mother and baby up to the time of discharge, provided they remain in the facility.

For the safety of patients, staff and physicians, the support person:

  • must pass COVID-19 screening;

  • must wear a mask at all times; and,

  • should come prepared with supplies for the duration of their stay. If the partner/support person leaves the facility prior to discharge, they will not be permitted to return.

If the support person is a traveler, rotational worker or someone on mandatory isolation, please discuss with the unit:

  • Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre – (709) 292-2122

  • James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre – (709) 256-5607

Changes to visitation during the pandemic are critically important to the safety of our patients, staff and physicians. Central Health would like to thank the public for their understanding and co-operation during this time.

Additionally, at this time Central Health is also asking that all individuals present to emergency rooms and to health care appointments at Central Health facilities on their own unless a support person is required. One parent can accompany children in the emergency department or for other appointments.


Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications



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