Miramichi Regional Hospital
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Local Policies
Policies

Cell Phones

Beginning September 1, users of wireless communication devices such as cell phones and Blackberries will be able to use their communication devices within designated areas of the Miramichi Regional Hospital.
As a means to effectively use modern technology and maintain patient safety, designated areas have been assigned within the hospital for wireless communication device use.
Wireless communication devices will be permitted in areas that are not near patient equipment that is sensitive to these devices. This includes the hospital lobby, dining room and hallways. The designated areas in which wireless devices can be safely used will be clearly marked with signage throughout the hospital.
Hospital personnel will be given permission to use special wireless communication devices supplied by the health authority within one meter of medical equipment. These devices operate on low power and can be used in designated areas of the hospital


Gifts to Staff

It is against hospital policy for staff to accept any money or tips from patients. If you wish to make a donation to the Miramichi Regional Hospital Foundation, please ask your nurse for details.


Consents

Patients or their legal guardians must sign a consent form for all treatment and procedures performed at the hospital. The age of consent for medical treatment is sixteen years of age.
The “Medical Consent of Minors Act” of New Brunswick does acknowledge the age of majority as 16. However, the law also recognizes the legal premise of a mature minor (in the US this is termed an Emancipated Minor). What this means is that a person under the age of 16 can consent to a medical procedure (without the authorization for their legal guardian) if, in the opinion of the attending


Smoking Policy

Tobacco use is an addictive behavior which plays a major role in contributing to the negative health of the citizens of Health Region 7. Tobacco use is considered the single most significant cause of preventable death in Canada. On May 1st, 2007, all Miramichi Regional Health Authority properties, including vehicles in the parking lots, will be smoke-free. Please help us to provide a healthy environment for our patients, staff and visitors.


Scent Reduction

The Miramichi Regional Health Authority promotes a scent-reduced and smoke free environment. The Health Authority recognizes that scented products contain chemicals that may cause serious problems for many people. Where possible, products with scent or other properties that are known to cause health problems shall not be used. Please avoid wearing scented products.


Discharge

The discharge time for patients leaving the Miramichi Regional Hospital is 11a.m. Your doctor will discharge you when you are well enough to return to your home. You will be advised in advance so you can arrange transportation home. It is important you leave your room no later than 11a.m. as this helps us to prepare the room for the next patient. If you have any concerns about coping at home, please talk to our discharge planner who can provide information about available community resources. She can be reached at 623-3184.