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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Patient Education
T15 Leukemia/BMT Inpatient Unit

Visitor Guidelines

If the patient agrees, family and friends are welcome to visit from 0800 AM to 1000 PM. If you do not want visitors or phone calls, let the nurse know so that s/he can inform the Reception Desk. Discuss the topic of visits and phone calls with family and friends so that they know what your wishes are. It is important to have planned rest periods.


This is a list of visitor guidelines specific to the Leukemia/BMT Inpatient Unit. All patients, families and visitors need to respect and follow these guidelines to help keep our unit operating smoothly and ensure that the rights of our patients are protected. We appreciate your cooperation.

  • All visitors are asked to check in by phoning the Front Desk just before entering the unit. There is a wall-mounted telephone for this purpose, located by the sink, just before the unit doors. The unit’s number is displayed above it.
  • All staff and visitors MUST wash their hands before entering the unit and before entering and when leaving patient rooms. Instructions on the proper way to wash hands are posted above or beside the sinks.
  • Plants and flowers are not allowed in the unit as they carry a large number of bacteria and fungal spores in their water and soil. This also includes dried flowers, dried grasses, and moss. Artificial flowers, cards and balloons are welcome.
  • Children are welcome on the unit, but in some situations visits from children are not advisable. Certain infections and childhood vaccinations are risky for the patient. Patients should not have any contact with children who have had an oral Polio vaccination for at least 8 weeks. In Canada the injectable polio vaccine is most commonly used and therefore does not present an infection risk for BMT patients.
  • Visitors with cold/flu symptoms of any kind, cold sores, unidentified skin rashes, and recent exposure to chickenpox virus MUST NOT visit the unit.
  • Visitors must use public washrooms. There is one located outside the unit across from the waiting lounge. The patient’s washroom is for patient use only.
  • Visitors may purchase meals in the Sassafras Cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the Jim Pattison Pavilion (JPP). Hours of operation are posted outside the cafeteria. There is also a coffee shop located on the first floor of the JPP at the main entrance.
  • The Inpatient Unit is a scent-free area. Visitors and patients are asked to please avoid perfumes and colognes, as many of the patients on the unit are extra sensitive to odours. Nausea is a very serious issue in our patient population.
  • Smoking is allowed only in certain areas outside the hospital building. Please respect the no smoking signs posted immediately outside entrance/exit areas.
  • Please limit visitors to no more than two or three in the room at a time. The Hepa-filter air system works best with fewer people in the room. The rooms are small and crowd easily. Also the noise level rises easily.
  • One family member or friend may stay one night with the permission of the charge nurse. Any overnight visitors must be up and have the pull out chair and bedding put away no later than 7:30am. Cots/chairs should not be set up in such a way that it blocks the nurse’s access to the patient and the medical equipment. For out-of town family members needing a place to stay, please talk to the social worker.

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