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HPHA Aligning with Ministry of Health Direction by Postponing all Non-Urgent, Non-Essential Services Until Further Notice
March 17, 2020

To ensure that the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is doing all that it can to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 transmission, a postponement of all non-urgent/non-essential services will be implemented effective immediately.

In making this decision, HPHA assessed a number of factors, including:

  • The importance of placing the immediate safety of the HPHA Team, patients, family members, caregivers and our community at the centre of all decisions;
  • The need to ensure, as much as possible that the resources – people and supplies, across the HPHA remain available for urgent and emergent situations, including a potential increase in COVID-19 admissions;
  • The importance of regularly re-assessing individual patients to ensure that appropriate treatments are re-scheduled in a manner that puts patient safety at the forefront; and
  • The key role “social distancing” can play in reducing transmission, especially for healthcare workers who need to be available should hospitalization rates increase.

 “Certainly, we regret the stress and anxiety that this decision may cause,” said Andrew Williams, President and CEO. “It is important however that healthcare organizations place the needs of the broader population front and centre at times like these, by putting proactive plans in place to ensure that we have the capacity to respond to a reality that is changing on a daily basis. The bottom line is that as hard as this decision is to make, it would be harder to explain to our community why we didn’t make it if we were to suddenly be faced with a significant increase in COVID-19 admissions and were unable to respond to them in a responsible, timely and safe manner.”

While there is no specific timeline associated with the service postponement, HPHA will take direction from the province and will ensure that all of its actions are guided by sound public health policy that puts the health and welfare of local residents first and foremost.

This will not affect urgent and emergent surgical procedures, chemotherapy, dialysis and obstetrical care, including booked caesarean sections. Affected patients will be contacted directly, whether to postpone a specific service, or to undertake preadmission work over the phone.

Further details on HPHA’s COVID-19 response are available by clicking here.