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Diabetes Support Group: Eating Away From Home
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm / Stratford - Sobeys Community Room / Drop-in group for those living with diabetes and/or their caregivers./ Each month has a different topic / Led by HPHA Diabetes Educators / Free!
Moving Forward With Stroke - Stratford
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm / Stratford: Avondale United Church / A drop-in support group for adult stroke survivors and caregivers
Research has found that regular physical activity appears as effective as psychotherapy for treating mild to moderate depression. Therapists also report that patients who exercise regularly simply feel better and are less likely to overeat or abuse alcohol and drugs. Source: CMHA
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Laboratory Adjustments at Clinton Public Hospital & Seaforth Community Hospital
Supporting Our Patients Through Art
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HPHA Recognizes Excellence at its Annual General Meeting
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Q & A with Purchasing/Inventory Support
Q & A with an Emergency Department RPN
Getting to Know our Rehabilitation Assistants
Patient Partner Profile: Laurie
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation
A Day in the Life of a Lactation Consultant!
New Transition Bed Program to Strengthen Mental Health Services in Huron & Perth
Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department - Temporary Reduction in Hours of Operation
Diabetes: Protect Your Family!
Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department - Temporary Reduction in Hours of Operation - Effective December 2
Q & A with a Business Intelligence Developer
New Digital X-ray Suite installed at Clinton Public Hospital
Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl
Seaforth Community Hospital Declares Outbreak Over
Screening Precautions for Novel Coronavirus
HPHA Looking to the Next Generation
We're Recruiting Patient Partners!
Influenza Outbreak Over
Update on Reduced Hours at Clinton Public Hospital Emergency Department
Have Diabetes and Craving Change? Then This Workshop is for You!
Q & A With a Patient Registration Clerk
Huron Perth Public Health confirms first positive case of COVID-19
HPHA Aligning with Ministry of Health Direction by Postponing all Non-Urgent, Non-Essential Services Until Further Notice
Change in Outpatient Lab Hours at Stratford General Hospital
COVID-19 Assessment Services Available for Huron Perth Residents
Family/Caregiver Presence Restrictions In Effect
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New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Huron Perth
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Blood Donor Clinics
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2019 Pediatric Day Conference Presentations
Screening Precautions for Novel Coronavirus
January 27, 2020

The new strain of coronavirus, currently making headlines across the world, is called Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCov). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to much more serious diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), or Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). While the risk in our region is low at this point, the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is taking precautions which include proactively screening patients at all four of our hospital sites.

What does that mean for you? On arrival to any one of our hospital sites, patients will be asked:

  • About their symptoms, particularly respiratory symptoms.
  • Whether they have traveled to Wuhan, China.
  • If they have come in contact with someone who has or is suspected of having coronavirus.

If they are at risk of possibly having the virus, they will be asked to clean their hands, put on a mask and be taken to a special isolation room until a diagnosis can be confirmed.

As always, but even more so with so many viruses circulating in our community, the importance of hand hygiene cannot be stressed enough. Please clean your hands frequently - on arrival to the hospital, before entering a patient's room (if you're visiting), upon exiting a patient's room, when leaving the hospital, and any number of times in between.

Other ways to protect yourself include avoiding contact with people who are sick and practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze in your upper sleeve, not your hands. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Please remember, if you are feeling unwell, do not visit patients in the hospital.

For more information about Novel Coronavirus, you can visit the Ontario Health website.