NHH Responding to Ontario Directive on Services Ramp-Down
NHH supporting Ontario ramp-down of elective surgeries and non-emergent/non-urgent acute care activities
Effective Monday, April 12th, 12:01 AM, Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) will be postponing selected non-urgent procedures, including: elective surgeries, non-urgent Diagnostic Imaging procedures and non-urgent Ambulatory Care activities.
“The goal is to work together as a province to do all in our power to preserve our system’s overall critical care and human resource capacity in the face of rising COVID-19 case counts and community transmission,” Linda Davis, NHH President and CEO.
The NHH Emergency Department will continue to operate as normal, including the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre, and all urgent care will continue to be provided. There will be no impact to patients who are currently admitted to hospital.
NHH staff are now in the process of placing calls to elective/non-urgent patients and families impacted by the ramp-down. These calls will continue in the coming days. If you do not receive a call, please assume your procedure or service will continue as planned.
NHH is not taking these steps alone but rather with all hospitals across the province on direction received last evening (April 8) from the provincial government.
“Thank you, as always, for your continued patience as we move forward together in these challenging times,” added Linda Davis. “Thank you, too, to our dedicated staff, physicians and midwives who continue to do their utmost to provide exceptional patient care.”
A return to regular services will be planned as soon as safely possible. Further details will follow as this situation unfolds.
“Continued vigilance with public health measures is critical,” urged Davis. “Please support our team in supporting you and your family by obeying the province’s emergency measures, maintaining physical distance from those outside your own household, wearing a mask when that is not possible, washing your hands frequently and receiving your vaccine when it is your turn to do so.”
For the latest information on COVID-19, including links to related resources, please see nhh.ca/covid-19