Northumberland has had relatively few cases of the Covid-19 virus so we can either call ourselves lucky or we are doing a good job – or more likely both. The CEO of the local Hospital, Linda Davis, reports on what they are doing in their May newsletter which many would be getting – forgive me if this is repetitious.
Linda says that NHH continues to provide essential services and asks that if “you or someone you care for needs emergency care, please do not postpone your visit. Your NHH team stands ready to get you the care you need with all the necessary precautions in place to keep you and your loved ones safe.”
She reports on the steps that NHH has taken in response to Ontario’s State of Emergency:
- Access to the hospital remains restricted, with active screening at public and staff entrances, and visitor restrictions in place with minimal exceptions – patients who come to NHH on an outpatient basis for cancer and supportive care treatments and dialysis continue to enter and exit through a dedicated doorway adjacent to those clinics to minimize the amount of interaction required with others
- Appointments and procedures deemed non-urgent remain on hold in Diagnostic Imaging, Surgical Services and Ambulatory Care – urgent procedures in all of these areas continue
- Volunteer activities continue to be suspended, to minimize the number of individuals in the hospital at any one time.
Linda says (file photo at right) that NHH continues to provide essential services and that the Emergency Department team are grateful “to Northumberland’s family physicians for stepping up to continue to provide care to local patients virtually, by phone or video consults initiated through the new NorthumberlandCare service”. She doesn’t spell it out, but I believe the idea is to minimize visits to Emergency that could be handled by a family Physician. She asks that you visit www.northumberlandcare.com, call 211 or email Dr. Kate Everdell, Family Physician, firstname.lastname@example.org [Note, for more on local Medical help, go here]
The Hospital has increased their “inpatient bed capacity so we can step into action should the need arise. At the same time, per our government’s directive, we are turning our collective attention outward to offer support and assistance in the community, where it is most required.”
In partnership with Northumberland Paramedics, the Hospital is offering on-site COVID-19 testing and support in the community. A team of NHH staff have been onsite in Alderville with assessment and testing of individuals in that community and plan COVID-19 assessment and testing of both staff and residents at local long-term care, retirement homes and others. They also plan education and training on infection and prevention and the use and conservation of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).
Linda thanks local sewers [that’s people who sew; they are making masks etc] and crafters and appreciates the support shown by the community (e.g. the Tractor Parade).
She comments that “Physical distancing is working”:
While the temptation is to relax our efforts against this virus, the experts tell us that would be premature. Please continue to do what you’re doing. It is working! Wash your hands frequently, limit your physical interaction with others, and maintain the 2-metre distance that is required to stop the spread of this virus and we will beat this, together. Thank you, Northumberland!
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