March 17, 2020
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.
making this decision, HPHA assessed a number of factors, including:
importance of placing the immediate safety of the HPHA Team, patients, family
members, caregivers and our community at the centre of all decisions;
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;
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
key role “social distancing” can play in reducing transmission, especially for
healthcare workers who need to be available should hospitalization rates
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.”
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.
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.
details on HPHA’s COVID-19 response are available by clicking here.