COVID-19

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

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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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 
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