COVID-19

 

MEDIA RELEASE

March 25, 2020

The Kirkland and District Hospital / Englehart and District Hospital are continuing to provide key health care services to our communities in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation. The current environment has been rapidly changing in response to the volume of increasing COVID-19 cases across the Province, including a confirmed case within Timiskaming District as announced yesterday by Dr. Glenn Corneil, the Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Timiskaming Health Unit. Our hospitals are working closely with our local community partners, health unit, and Provincial Government authorities (Ontario Health, Public Health Ontario) as we continue to prepare for an expected increase in COVID-19 testing and patient needs.

Our hospitals are very focused on the safety of our patients and our staff, and we are taking measures and precautions to limit risk and exposure at both hospital sites, including:

Increased Visitor Restrictions:

A complete visitor restriction is now in effect at both hospital sites. All inpatients and their families have been contacted to advise of this heightened visitor restriction. Exceptions will be considered in certain cases involving trauma or palliative care situations. Our hospitals are supporting "virtual" visiting options for inpatients where possible. Our hospital cafeterias are also closed to visitors and the general public.

Out-Patient Service Reductions:

As noted previously, the hospitals have cancelled the following outpatient services until further notice: Physiotherapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

Effective immediately, all other outpatient services (including Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging) are moving to a scheduled appointment basis for essential tests until further notice. Patients will not be able to access outpatient services unless it has been scheduled by appointment in advance. No "walk-in" testing is available. Please contact your primary care provider if you have any questions or concerns about the nature or requirements for any tests you have been prescribed.

The Dialysis and Oncology Treatment Programs at Kirkland and District Hospital will continue to operate in the usual manner according to existing appointment schedules. All patients presenting for these treatments should identify themselves while being screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the main entrance.

Hospital Access & Active Screening at Entrances:

Access to our hospitals is being controlled for all emergency department, visitor (when permitted) and outpatient services. COVID-19 screening is being done at all entrances and any person presenting that does not meet the screening criteria or has flu or cold like symptoms will not be permitted entry and referred to their primary care provider.

At both Englehart and District Hospital / Kirkland and District Hospital, access to the emergency department continues to be available 24 hours a day / 7 days per week. Our emergency departments are focused on providing urgent medical care and performing COVID-19 testing. We are requesting that individuals with non-urgent or administrative needs (i.e.: doctors notes, test results, etc.) contact their health care provider or the local Family Health Team / Centre De Santé for assistance.

At Kirkland and District Hospital, access through the main entrance is possible for visitors (when permitted) and scheduled outpatient services, between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm.

At Englehart and District Hospital, access for all services is through the emergency department entrance.

Restrictions for Elective / Non-Urgent Surgeries:

Elective and non-urgent surgeries have been cancelled at Kirkland and District Hospital. Affected patients have been contacted to defer their procedures to a later date.

As a community hospital in Northern Ontario, we are asking all residents in Timiskaming District to please keep well informed from credible and factual sources on the proper COVID-19 precautions (including self-isolation, social distancing, and self-monitoring for symptoms) that will greatly assist us with managing patient volumes and care! For additional and up-to-date COVID-19 related information please contact the Timiskaming Health Unit: Kirkland Lake at 1-866-967-9355 or Englehart at 1-877-544-2221 (website: www.timiskaminghu.com).

If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911, and tell first responders about your symptoms and any recent travel, so that appropriate precautions can be put in place.

Screening

Both hospitals are screening all patient and visitors coming to our hospitals.

Visitors

As of March 21st, no visitors are allowed at both hospital sites until further notice. The only exceptions are essential visitors:

An essential visitor, as defined by the MOH, includes:

  • Those who have a patient who is dying or very ill
  • A parent/guardian of an ill child or youth
  • A visitor of a patient undergoing urgent surgery

COVID-19 UPDATE MEDIA RELEASE - March 13, 2020

Joint Media Release on Behalf of:

 

Kirkland and District Hospital                                           Englehart and District Hospital

Kirkland District Family Health Team                              Englehart and District Family Health Team

 

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

As of March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Our organizations are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all Patients, Visitors and Health Care Workers in accordance with Ontario Health and Public Health Ontario (PHO) guidance.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) or the Timiskaming Health Unit at 1-705-567-9355 (Kirkland Lake and Area) or 1-705-544-2221 (Englehart and Area) or Toll free at 1-866-967-9355, prior to making any Hospital or Family Health Team facility visits.

If Telehealth Ontario or the Timiskaming Health Unit directs you to present to either the Family Health Team or Hospital Emergency Department, please contact the appropriate organization ahead of your visit to ensure that staff can implement appropriate measures and provide additional guidance for when you arrive.

Contact information:

Englehart and District Hospital:    705-544-2301

Englehart and District Family Health Team: 705-544-2321

Kirkland and District Hospital:       705-567-5251

Kirkland District Family Health Team: 705-567-2224

 

NOTE: If you need immediate medical attention, please call 911.

 

All patients entering the Emergency Departments and Family Health Teams are asked to observe all posted signage related to COVID-19. You may be asked to wear a mask and complete hand hygiene while waiting for or receiving treatment to prevent the risk of spread of illness.

Patients should note that any changes to existing appointments for regular or routine clinics, visits, or other procedures will be communicated as soon as possible.

 

In order to appropriately manage the increased volume of inquiries and requests for care, we are screening in the following manner:

  • For the Family Health Teams:

               Patients with any COVID-19 like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), are asked to call the Family Health Team before presenting in person

               to arrange for a telephone or virtual   visit.  If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can present to the Family Health Team in the usual manner.

 

  • For the Hospitals:

               Patients with any COVID-19 like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), are asked to call the Hospital before presenting in person. 

               If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can present to the Hospital in the usual manner. Current Hospital visiting hours are 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.

               If you require any medical attention in our Emergency Departments, please limit the amount of family members or other care-givers that attend with you.

 

The above measures will allow both the Family Health Teams and the Hospitals to focus our efforts on providing appropriate care as efficiently and effectively as possible in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation. Active screening will be implemented at the main entrances of all sites.

 

We thank you for your cooperation as the Hospitals, Family Health Teams and other health care partners continue to work together and coordinate our planning and efforts for COVID-19.

For additional information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the following online resources:

Public Health Ontario

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Timiskaming Health Unit

http://www.timiskaminghu.com/

Telehealth Ontario

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-medical-advice-telehealth-ontario

Ontario MD

https://www.ontariomd.ca/pages/ontariomd-covid-19-virtual-care.aspx

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

March 17, 2020

The Englehart and Kirkland District Hospitals have been closely following the developments surrounding COVID-19 in preparation for the eventuality that the virus might impact our community. At this time, all of our emergency, acute and urgent care services continue.

We continue to make the safety of our patients and our staff a top priority, and are taking measures and precautions to limit risk and exposure at both hospital sites, including:

  • Active screening assessments
  • Visitor restrictions
  • Review of elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures
  • Reviewing Emergency Department priorities
  •   Out-Patient service changes

 

Active Screening Assessment

All visitors and out-patients presenting to the hospitals will be screened at the main entrances.

 

Visitor Restrictions

 

Inpatient Areas:

 

Visiting hours are restricted to 11am to 8pm.

Only identified family members/caregivers will be permitted to visit during regular visiting hours. Visitors are reminded to stay home if they are not feeling well. Visitors are encouraged to keep their visit short.

Family members/ caregivers under the age of 18 will not be permitted in inpatient areas except under special circumstances.

No visitors will be allowed in high risk areas, including patients in Isolation Rooms and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Exceptions will be made in situations involving trauma, and end of life.

 

Emergency Department:

 

Patients presenting to the Emergency Department are asked to not bring any visitors, if possible, with them to the hospital. This is to limit patient overcrowding in the Emergency Department.

Emergency Department focus will be on providing urgent care and handling of COVID-19 assessment volumes.

Exceptions will be made in situations involving trauma and urgent situations.

 

Out-Patient Areas:

One family member/caregiver (over the age of 18 years) can accompany the patient, if necessary. This includes visits to Diagnostic Imaging, Out-Patient Blood work and OTN.

 

Surgical Services:

 

Kirkland and District Hospital is reviewing all elective and non-urgent procedures for the Surgical Program. Any changes to current patient appointments will be communicated as necessary.

 

Emergency Department:

 

The Emergency Department at both hospital sites will no longer be issuing prescription renewals, physician’s notes for illness or return to work and interpretation of non-urgent test results. Please follow up with your health care provider.

 

Out-Patient Services:

Walk-in patient services are moving to a scheduled/ limited appointment based on need. The affected hospital departments include: Diagnostic Imaging, Out-Patient Bloodwork, OTN, and the Timiskaming Diabetes program. Please contact the respective department to arrange any necessary appointment.

If presenting to the hospital for one of the above services without a scheduled appointment, you we be asked to return home and contact the respective department to book an appointment.

The Dialysis and Oncology programs will continue to operate in the usual manner according to existing schedules.

Physiotherapy (EDH and KDH), Respiratory Therapy (KDH), Occupational Therapy (EDH) out-patient appointments have been cancelled and patients are being notified.

All patients will be screened prior to their appointments via telephone and when presenting in person. Any patients with flu-like symptoms are asked to not come to the hospital and to call to make other arrangements.

 

Kirkland and District Hospital
145 Government Road East
Kirkland Lake, ON
P2N 3P4

Phone:  (705) 567-5251 
Fax: (705)-568-2102
Email:  administration@kdhospital.com

Englehart and District Hospital
61-5th Street
Englehart, ON
P0J 1H0

Phone: (705)-544-2301
Fax: 705)-544-5222
E-mail: General Inquires 
E-mail: Compliments and Concerns