After following provincial direction in March to temporarily reduce or suspend non-essential services in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Deep River and District Hospital is moving forward with the gradual resumption of additional services.
Beginning the week of July 6, the mammography and Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) will start offering services to patients that may have been delayed due to the pandemic. New referrals are being accepted, and patients that are due for a mammogram are encouraged to call and make an appointment. At this time, all other in-person non-essential services remain reduced or suspended.
The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a province-wide organized cancer screening program that provides high-quality breast screening throughout Ontario. The Deep River and District Hospital is a local site for OBSP, and is accredited with the Canadian Association of Radiologists with a digital unit.
Women over 50 years of age who would like their mammogram in Deep River can call 613-732-1463 and request that their appointment be made in Deep River. No physician referral is required, reminder letters are sent for future appointments, and reports are mailed to you and your family physician. In addition, OBSP provides a large database for breast care research, and it is a best practice for breast screening.
As a reminder, everyone who enters the organization will continue to be screened for COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask. While masks will be provided to those who need them, patients are asked to bring and wear their own mask where possible to help conserve our PPE supply. Patients are asked to arrive for their appointment no more than 5 minutes early to minimize traffic throughout the organization and the number of people in the waiting room. Patients are reminded to follow directions provided by the screening desk staff and are to travel only into their appointment location and out again, while maintaining social distance in the waiting area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to resume services and provide an excellent, compassionate health care experience in the safest way possible.