In an effort to keep patients, staff, physicians and communities safe, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll announced on Monday morning they will be limiting visiting hours and screening all patients and visitors before they come into the hospital.
Effective on March 16, and until further notice, access to the hospitals will be restricted to the emergency entrances. Patients and visitors will be screened before entry to the hospital for respiratory illnesses (including COVID-19). Active screening is necessary to keep patients, staff, and physicians safe while also identifying those individuals with symptoms and travel history or possible exposure to a COVID-19 positive case.
Visiting hours have also been limited at the hospitals until further notice. Visitors will be limited to one person at a time in the emergency departments and two people on inpatient units, and only from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The hospitals will also be taking steps to carefully ramp down elective and other non-urgent clinical activity later today.
“We will be contacting patients over the coming days who may be impacted by cancellations,” said Sandy Jansen, President and CEO of TDMH and AHI. “If you are uncertain if your appointment is impacted we ask that you contact the hospital.
“COVID-19 is unlike anything we have seen before in healthcare. Our number one priority is the safety of our patients, staff and physicians as well as the health of our communities,” said Jansen.
“I want to assure the public that these measures are temporary and will be relaxed as the pandemic subsides,” said Cheryl Pfaff, Chief Nursing Officer.
To date, there are no COVID-19 positive cases at the Tillsonburg or Ingersoll hospitals.
If a community member suspects they may have been exposed to COVID-19, they are asked to phone Public Health at 1-866-522-9200 or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 for further instruction.
You should only go to the hospital if your symptoms are severe or a health professional has advised you to do so.