Please stay safe during the pandemic
At West Parry Sound Health Centre we are always prepared to meet the health care needs of everyone who relies on our care and service.
In addition to the usual limitations associated with COVID-19 preparedness and response, please know that as we prepare to enter our summer season, we are functioning under significant restrictions. Many of these restrictions are required by provincial authorities; other limitations are the result of scarcity of resources: people, supplies (including personal protective equipment,) treatment equipment, and space.
The health centre continues to provide care while working in a very fragile state. We see this continuing throughout the summer.
We are extremely thankful for the ongoing generosity of our seasonal property owners. Proportionally, and by value, they are the biggest donors supporting health care services in West Parry Sound.
We ask that our seasonal residents and all visitors come prepared and committed to ‘tread lightly’ on all of the public infrastructure services that we collectively rely on.
We also offer additional advice in the attachment below:
When to seek answers and treatment for COVID-19
COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE INFORMATION HAS BEEN POSTED TO OUR NEWS SECTION.
PLEASE PRACTICE AND PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
If you develop a fever, cough, and/or have difficulty breathing AND within 14 days have traveled to an impacted area, OR had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, OR close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area, call Telehealth Ontario, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, or your health care provider.
If you need immediate medical attention, such as severe difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Who to call if you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:
• Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
• North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - 1-800-563-2808 - www.myhealthunit.ca
If you are told to visit the WPSHC Emergency Department, please call before arriving (705 746-9321) and tell our Emergency Department about your travel history and symptoms.
You can help protect yourself and the people around you by following simple hygiene practices such as: regular hand washing or using alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick.
There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses.
Most people with COVID-19 will recover on their own.
Should you show mild symptoms and have called the Health Unit or your health care provider you should then:
• Stay home.
• Self-isolate – limit your contact with other people.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Get rest and sleep as much as possible.
For more information please visit www.health.gov.on.ca - additional information is also provided here:
Health centre and partners prepare outbreak response
The increasing number of cases across the country suggests that there will be more COVID-19 cases confirmed throughout Canada. As a result, local preparedness planning is important in order to minimize the impact on hospitals, to make sure that critical infrastructure continues to work and that day-to-day functions are able to be maintained.
Read more in this week's edition of News Centre.
Foundation hits $4.2M for EHR project
With a recent transfer of funds from the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation, donors have supported 42 percent of the costs of implementing the $10,000,000 price tag for the new electronic health information system.
Read this week's edition of News Centre.
Patients benefit from clinic collaboration
People in West Parry Sound are receiving more timely medical treatment for substance use disorders closer to home. The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic provides low-barrier treatment for patients who have substance use disorders, particularly with alcohol or opioids.
The clinic is part of the North East Local Health Integration Network’s (NE LHIN) Regional Opioid Strategy, designed to meet the rising rates of opioid use disorder, accidental overdoses, hospitalizations, and hospital emergency room visits across northeastern Ontario.
Read this week's edition of News Centre.