As part of the organization’s initial emergency response to the COVID-10 pandemic in March, a single entrance to the Hospital and the Family Health Team was put in place at the Emergency Department doors.
A separate single entrance was also put in place for the Four Seasons Lodge, since the Long-Term Care is segregated from the rest of the organization in order to protect residents from possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
The purpose having a single entrance is to ensure active COVID-19 screening for all persons entering the organization, as well as to monitor and reduce the number of people in the building.
As COVID-19 screening will remain in place for the foreseeable future, the single entrance to the Hospital and Family Health Team has now moved to the Main Entrance (by the Gift Shop). Having entry through the Main Entrance reduces cross-over between screened and non-screened persons, and allows more space for physical distancing. This move will also keep screeners, and those waiting to be screened, warmer in the coming cold-weather months. At this time, screening remains a requirement for all persons entering the building.
With the screening station moved to the Main Entrance, the Emergency Department entrance is now closed, and only the Main Entrance may be used. Any patients, staff, and visitors, including those seeking emergency care, will now enter and exit the building through the Main Entrance and screening station. Only paramedics will continue to use the Emergency Department entrance.
Between the hours of 10:30 pm and 6:30 am, the screening station is not staffed. Any persons entering the building during this time-frame are to put on a procedure mask prior to entering the organization. Screening between the hours of 10:30 pm and 6:30 am will take place in the Emergency Department.
The organization would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as we continue to adjust our operations in order to continue providing an excellent, compassionate health care experience in the safest way possible.