Brockville General Hospital, like many other Ontario hospitals, has stringent screening processes to help limit the spread of infectious diseases. This includes the emerging Wuhan novel coronavirus.
Precautions have always included, and are being reinforced, which encourage any patients or visitors with cough or shortness of breath and fever to perform hand hygiene and wear a surgical mask. Patients coming into the Emergency Department are also screened for travel history. Surveillance signage are posted at BGH's Emergency Department, main entrance and other points of entry to the hospital.
"BGH is receiving regular updates from The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health Unit and the Ministry of Health," says Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO at BGH.
"To protect all of our patients and staff, we are also working with our health system partners to determine how we can best screen, assess, test and treat patients who are suspected of having the novel coronavirus. At this time, these are only precautionary efforts."
To ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and staff, BGH is working closely with officials to adhere to new directives. Discussions are on-going following two presumptive cases reported in Ontario.
"BGH is conducting business as usual," said Vlacholias. "If you are sick, we want you to come to the hospital, but please take the necessary precautions. Notify your doctor or a staff member if you have any concerns."
As always, our staff, physicians and volunteers are here to help. They are working incredibly hard to keep everyone safe. We ask the public for their patience and support as we navigate this situation together."