**** NSHA Media Release
Nova Scotia Health Visitor Restrictions
Nova Scotia Health is further easing restrictions to allow more opportunities for family caregivers and primary support persons to support patients where it is feasible and safe to do so within public health guidelines.
In an effort to enhance family presence and increase the number of people able to provide support, patients arriving for ambulatory appointments will now be permitted to have one support person accompany them.
Effective July 16, support people/family caregivers are permitted for patients in the following situations:
- Palliative care and other patients nearing end of life*
- Patients receiving medical assistance in dying MAiD*
- Children under 18 admitted to hospital.
- Patients in intensive care units and critically ill patients in emergency departments
- Patients in labour and giving birth
- Children under 18 in outpatient settings
- Hospital inpatients*
- Patients in emergency departments
- Prenatal visits, including ultrasounds
- Ambulatory care clinics, appointments or procedures