COVID-19: Reducing Services at STEGH
COVID-19 Update: January 7, 2022
In order to preserve critical care and inpatient bed capacity, and in alignment with the recent announcement by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health to reinstate Directive #2, we are reducing surgical services at STEGH. This will allow us to address the pending surge of potential COVID-19 patients. Our surgical team is working to prioritize patients and will determine which surgeries can safely be postponed. Patients impacted by this change will be notified by their surgeon's office.
We continue to monitor capacity in our surgical program, outpatient clinics (ambulatory care) and diagnostic services. Patients will be notified, in advance, of changes to their appointment or service cancellations.
DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES and AMBULATORY CARE
(Ambulatory Care includes the Fracture Clinic, Pain Clinic, Musculoskeletal Clinic and procedural based care with our surgeons. If you have an appointment for a Pulmonary Function Test, with a Diabetes Educator or in the Chemotherapy Clinic, you will be provided with information about your visit at the time of booking.)
Prior to your appointment, you will be screened over the telephone for COVID-19 symptoms. You will also be screened upon entry to the hospital on the day of your appointment. For your safety and the safety of our staff, the outcome of the screening process may result in your appointment being rescheduled.
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on hospital capacity, scheduled surgeries may be impacted in the future. In the event that surgeries need to be postponed, your physician or surgeon’s office will contact you.
Prior to surgery, patients are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days. This includes limiting contact with others to avoid the potential for an unnecessary cancellation (stay home, maintain at least two metres of physical distance between yourself and others, wash your hands often, and monitor yourself for symptoms).
STEGH will contact you by phone prior to your surgery to screen for possible COVID-19 symptoms. If you fail the screening or fall into a high-risk category, you will be asked to go to our COVID-19 Assessment Centre for a COVID test. The goal is to have a negative result documented before the day of your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you will be asked to arrive without a companion unless you are under the age of 18, have mobility challenges or require additional personal support. These details can be arranged with hospital staff during your screening phone call. These additional steps are in place to keep patients and staff safe.
We want to thank the community for their continued support and patience with the safety measures we have put in place.