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COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is taking every precaution to ensure that our staff, patients, volunteers and visitors remain safe. SMH is well prepared to respond to COVID-19 and we are implementing new protocols and best practices to keep our facility a safe environment.

Visitor Policy *new

SMH has returned to Phase 1 of the Visitor Policy, which limits visitors in the Hospital.

Currently:

  • Visitors are not permitted for patients, unless there are life-altering or extenuating circumstances. SMH will be partnering with patients and their families to ensure they remain connected. 
  • This excludes the Obstetrics Unit, where labouring patients are able to have one support person 24/7 (must be the same person that stays - no additional visitors)
  • Exceptions also apply for paediatric patients 18 and under. They may have one parent/legal guardian accompany them in the Hospital.

Extenuating circumstances, such as a patient with cognitive impairment or disability will be managed on a case by case basis.
Vulnerable patients in need of extra support with activities of daily life such as eating, hygiene, communication and decision-making will be allowed to have a Designated Care Provider for this purpose based on an assessment from the Hospital’s Inpatient Unit.  


Preparing for Surgery During COVID-19
If you have an upcoming surgery at SMH, please refer to the pre-surgery instructions provided to ensure you are following all necessary health and infection prevention and control protocols.


COVID-19 Assessment Centre

*NEW: The SMH COVID-19 Assessment Centre is extending its operation to include Thursdays starting December 17. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue to be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the lower parking lot. To book an appointment online, please click here.

Alternatively, our COVID-19 Assessment Centre registration phone line is available by calling (249) 501-0383 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once appointments are full for the day, please look to the next operating day. There are not dedicated time slots for those calling by phone. 

Holiday hours: The Centre will be operating with reduced hours on Dec. 24 and 31. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Centre will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the statutory holidays. If you are in need of a COVID-19 test over the holidays when the Centre at SMH is not operating, the Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 26 Sperling Drive will be open on Dec. 26 & 27 and Jan. 2 & 3. To book an appointment, please visit www.rvh.on.ca 

For more information, please click here.

Testing eligibility has recently changed. As of Friday, September 25, 2020 individuals should only seek testing at an Assessment Centre if:

  • they are showing symptoms of COVID-19

  • they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by their public health unit or the COVID-19 Alert app

  • they are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by their public health unit  

  • they are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care

A COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children has been released by the province. Please use this tool to determine if your child requires a COVID-19 test at an Assessment Centre. If you are still unsure about getting your child tested, please contact your health care provider. Please note that if an individual does not meet the criteria, they may not be tested. With the new guidelines, we are not permitted to test an entire family/household. Only the individual showing symptoms and meets the criteria will be tested.

Have questions about the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at SMH? Please visit our Assessment Centre page for Frequently Asked Questions. 

If you start to experience severe, worsening symptoms, please visit your local Emergency Department. If possible, call before you go to inform and them that you are coming.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results, you can now view results online: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/ 
Our Infection Prevention & Control Officer will contact you directly, as well as your local Public Health office only if your result is positive.  
If you have not received your results within 7 business days, please call our Health Information Department (705) 435-3377 ext. 1216.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest


Screening Policy

Effective Monday, March 16, all individuals will be required to undergo COVID-19 screening before entering the Hospital.

Patients, visitors, security or contractors onsite will be screened outside of the main entrance/Emergency entrance in an OPP Community Safety trailer that has been cleaned and designated for COVID-19 screening use. Any individual that leaves the Hospital property and returns on the same day will need to repeat the screening process.

The screening process includes questions related to your current health status (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath) and will only take a few minutes to complete.  Our Registration and Emergency Department Triage staff will continue to screen patients for the COVID-19 virus as well.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus, please call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) before coming to the Hospital.

The best way to prevent infection from any virus, including COVID-19 is to practice handwashing, physical distancing, wear a mask when unable to physically distance from others, cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing (in elbow) and stay home if you are sick.

Be sure to check out our COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

For accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit:

Public Health Agency - Government of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health


 

Volunteer Services

The services of the Auxiliary have been suspended, including high school student volunteers. The Coffee Corner and Gift Shop are closed until further notice.

We want to take precaution and ensure that we are limiting volume in the Hospital as much as possible, in addition to keeping vulnerable populations safe.