COVID-19 Updates: Message from the President – June 16, 2020
It’s hard to believe that it is already mid-July, which I have marked with a two-week (happy) quarantine, as my 17-month-old granddaughter arrived from the U.K. with her parents. With recent changes in federal guidelines for visiting foreign nationals, my dreams of reunifying my family, even for a short time, is being realized. With things evolving so rapidly, I thought a bit of an update on hospital services, visiting and other information might be useful.
Over the weekend, The Star featured an article on North York General’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I encourage you to read it here to experience up close stories from front line staff who have been caring for our community in these most unusual of times.
Earlier, the Ontario Government gave hospitals and other health care providers approval to gradually begin scheduling surgeries and procedures. As we start to carefully resume some services reduced by the pandemic, North York General’s Information Services team has been busy at work creating a tool for surgical patients to pre-register for their procedure 48-72 hours in advance. In addition to making the registration process faster and more efficient, the tool helps ensure we can maintain physical distancing for patients in the hospital and helps reduce the number of patients in waiting areas. For more information on service updates, please click here.
Families, loved ones and caregivers play an integral role in providing physical, social and emotional support to patients, and we know how important this is. On June 30th, the Hospital commenced a phased approach to safely reintroduce visitors to the hospital according to government recommendations and practices consistent with other hospitals in our region. As well, our Seniors’ Health Centre can accommodate scheduled socially distant and safe visits for residents, with more updates on indoor visits coming soon.
For more information on inpatient and outpatient visitor guidelines, please click here.
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
Since launching our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund in March, we have continued to be amazed and grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. From donations towards emerging equipment and virtual care needs, to personal protective equipment, to investments in our staff’s well-being, we are #NorthYorkGeneralStrong because of our community. Below are some brief highlights from the past few months: