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Diagnostic Imaging now receiving eReferrals [News]

Published On: February 1, 2023

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging (DI) department is now able to receive DI eReferrals as part of the Ontario eServices Program using Ocean software. Primary care clinicians and specialists are able to send electronic referrals directly to the DI department from most electronic medical records (EMRs). eReferral provides many benefits for primary care […]

Three new COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinics Open in Elgin County [Media Releases]

Published On: January 17, 2023

Partners of the Elgin Ontario Health Team (OHT) today announced the opening of three new COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinics. These new medical clinics test, assess, and provide treatment for people with COVID-19 and other cold and flu-like illnesses. “With high numbers of respiratory illnesses circulating in our region, we know this cold and […]

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Urges Public to Maintain Safety Measures Amid Capacity Issues [Media Releases]

Published On: October 27, 2022

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) continues to deal with staffing concerns and high occupancy rates, meaning a shortage of beds and longer emergency wait times. With flu season around the corner, STEGH does not anticipate these challenges to subside any time soon. In fact, the approaching winter months could make the situation worse. “We […]

Shining a Light on Men’s Breast Cancer [Media Releases]

Published On: October 5, 2022

In late 2020, while the world struggled in response to a global pandemic, Brian Lynch was navigating a health concern of his own. After shoveling snow one evening, he noticed changes to one of his nipples. Like many, Brian turned to the computer for answers. What jumped out at him immediately was the possibility of […]

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Capacity Challenges [Media Releases]

Published On: June 28, 2022

(St. Thomas, ON) St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is notifying residents in Elgin County of the pressures facing the local healthcare system. Hospitals across the South West continue to experience human resources shortages, including physicians, and all hospitals are working closely together to minimize potential service impacts and manage wait times. Heading into the […]

Masking Requirement to Continue at STEGH [Media Releases]

Published On: June 9, 2022

Although COVID-19 related hospitalizations and critical illnesses are declining across the province, vulnerable populations continue to be at heightened risk of COVID-19 infections and other acute respiratory illnesses. STEGH is committed to doing everything possible to keep patients and staff safe. This includes following best practices in infection, prevention and occupational health practices. STEGH will […]

Discovery Week brings rural and regional medicine front and centre [Media Releases]

Published On: May 30, 2022

Six million Canadians live in rural and remote communities, making up almost 18 per cent of the population. The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that less than ten per cent of physicians practice in those areas. Research has shown that one of the four factors which increases the likelihood of a physician choosing to […]

South West Hospitals to Maintain Masking Requirements Indefinitely [Media Releases]

Published On: April 11, 2022

Hospitals across the south west, including St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) have updated their ongoing protections against COVID-19 and confirm that current masking requirements for all individuals entering their facilities will continue indefinitely. “As a system of hospitals, we have been continually assessing what we feel are responsible protections for our patients, our teams, […]

“Tree of Life” grows as 23 leaves are added in honour of organ and tissue donation at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital [Media Releases]

Published On: April 6, 2022

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) is proud to announce the addition of 23 donor leaves to its “Tree of Life”, honouring organ and tissue donation at STEGH. In celebration of BeADonor Month, the hospital is recognizing 21 tissue donors and two organ donors at STEGH by adding one leaf for each donation. The donations […]

New Partnership at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Aims to Enhance Patient Safety and Reduce Workplace Injuries [Media Releases]

Published On: March 2, 2022

St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) has partnered with ARJO Diligent Clinical Consultants to launch a program aimed at enhancing the safety of patients and team members. Through the ARJO Diligent Program, trained mobility coaches will work collaboratively with teams at STEGH to provide a customized program to establish areas of potential improvement, assist with […]