We are pleased to announce we have begun to ramp up services that had been postponed due to COVID-19, including the resumption of non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostic tests. Please note that care will first be provided to patients with urgent health needs.
Our next focus, from June 29 to July 12, 2020 will be as follows:
- Echocardiograms (Stratford General Hospital)
- Myocardial Perfusion
Imaging Tests (Stratford General Hospital)
- Pulmonary Function Tests (Stratford General Hospital)
- Diabetes Education - (St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital) - Virtual Visits will still take place whenever possible.
- Diabetes Pediatric Clinic - Stratford General Hospital
- Increase in volumes of surgical and imaging procedures as noted in our last update.
In ramping up services, we are following clear direction from Ontario Health, and require regional approval prior to initiating. Key considerations to being approved include:
- The need to ensure that we maintain bed availability in the event of a second waveof COVID-19, specifically ensuring 10% of our acute care capacity is immediately available;
- The importance of ensuring that we have the necessary personal protective equipment and medications to support ongoing activity;
- The relative incidence of COVID-19 in our communities, including in congregate care settings such as Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes;
- Staffing availability, particularly in light of the fact that we continue to need to deploy staff to activities such as screening and swab collection.
At this point in time, we are required to plan in two-week blocks, which will give us the opportunity to increase services in a thoughtful and sustained manner. We have an Oversight Committee charged with coordinating these plans, and this group is not only engaged in the Huron Perth Healthcare Allliance’s (HPHA) plans, but also regionally to ensure our plans align and that the populations we serve have equitable access to care and treatment.
These have been challenging times for everyone and the HPHA appreciates the impacts that our reduced services have had on the quality of life of those we support. As such, it is exciting to be in a position to increase access to care. Patients will be contacted directly for scheduled procedures. Regretfully, we will not be functioning at full capacity in the immediate short-term. As we have been throughout the pandemic, we will continue to regularly assess people waiting for care and treatment to ensure those most in need receive the necessary care.
Click here for some frequently asked questions and answers about our Service Ramp Up.