[New Tecumseth, ON – April 21, 2020] It’s been one month since Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) opened their COVID-19 Assessment Centre in their lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). The Centre runs three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. As of Friday, April 24, the Centre’s hours will change to 3-7 p.m.
“The slight change is to reflect the time that our community members visit the Centre most often,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “We do get an influx of patients at the beginning of the evening, even some before 4 p.m. This shift in hours of operation makes the most sense for us and our community,” he adds.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre has had a steady stream of visits since it opened last month, with on average 20 individuals coming through to be assessed each evening in operation. Over 140 swab tests have been completed from the Assessment Centre to date.
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. SMH asks the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.
Dr. Matthew Myatt, Chief of Emergency at SMH urges the community to contact their family physician if they are feeling ill before coming to the Hospital.
“It’s really important for the community to note that if you are unwell, to contact your family physician’s office as many are offering virtual visits,” says Dr. Myatt.
Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance of SMH and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.