According to a report released by the Canadian Foundation For Healthcare Improvement, a total of 28 Ontario hospitals have either already adopted 24/7 visiting hours or are considering doing so.  

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Kingston General Hospital was one of the first to adopt the policy, followed by Humber River Hospital in Toronto, the Ottawa Hospital, and Hamilton Health Sciences.  

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Mary Jane McNally, chief patient experience officer at the William Osler Health System says: “We know that patients want their families to be engaged. We know that when there is really good communication with patient, family and care providers that there are better outcomes.”

A few concerns regarding the adoption of extended visiting hours include quality of rest for patients, space limitations for visitors in the room, and potential interference with staff at work.

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