Parking

Beginning June 23, 2020, parking fees will be reinstated at Dryden Regional Health Centre for all members of the public accessing care at the DRHC, Dryden Area Family Health Team, and/or Dingwall Medical Clinic.

Visitor Restrictions

DRHC is taking special precautions to keep our patients, caregivers, and staff safe.

Following recommendation from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David William, the Dryden Regional Health Centre is restricting all visitors to the hospital until further notice.

Exceptions to allow one (1) essential visitor will be reviewed by the hospital administration in consultation with our Infection Prevention and Control Lead for a patient in labour, a paediatric patient, and any patient at imminent end-of-life.

This means that only approved essential visitors will be permitted to enter the hospital if they successfully pass the screening done before entering the hospital at the main entrance.

Screening

Dryden Regional Health Centre is limiting access to our facilities and conducting COVID-19 screening of all patients and visitors before they enter our buildings including the hospital, Family Health Team and alternate site.

What does this mean for you?  Staff will ask patients and visitors about symptoms, particularly respiratory symptoms, and contact with others.  If you meet the current case-definition (a combination of symptoms and contact) for COVID-19, staff will begin a special infection-control protocol.

These added measures, while important, may increase delays in our already busy hospital.  We appreciate your patience.

Masks

The health and safety of all patients, staff and community members is our utmost priority.

All patients and essential visitors will be screened at the entrance to our facility and provided with a mask that must be worn for the duration of their visit.  A mask covers the nose and mouth and helps to protect others from the spread of COVID-19.

Scheduled Appointments

DRHC, in accordance with provincial direction, has wound down some of our clinical activities.  This applies to non-urgent, scheduled care and procedures, as well as ambulatory clinics and mental health and addiction services.

Patients will be notified by their care team if scheduled appointments will be affected and alternative ways to provide care virtually (teleconference or videoconference) will be explored.

Assessment Centre

DRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is up and running. Staff there will see individuals who have a referral from the Northwestern Health Unit and by appointment only.

Patient Tele-visitation

During times like these, we understand how difficult it is to be apart from a loved one and know the importance of connecting to patients.  In efforts to help families stay connected during hospitalizations, the DRHC uses OTN and FaceTime technologies to coordinate televisitation for our patients.

Televisitation is the virtual transportation of a patient’s family to the bedside and supports and fosters the important relationship between health outcomes and the psychosocial needs of patients and families.  Please contact the Nursing Supervisor for more information or call Ravin Walker at 807-220-0822 to arrange a virtual visit.

Donations & Supplies

We are grateful to the many generous members of our community who have stepped forward with offers for our staff and physicians.  We kindly request that anyone who would like to make a donation of personal protective equipment contact Katherine Campbell at 223-8201 Extension 2268 or by email at kcampbell@drhc.on.ca.

We are working swiftly to ensure donations that we require and can accept meet national standards for PPE use in a health care setting.

Financial Donations

We are truly grateful for all offers of support at this time. Should you wish to make a financial donation to support Dryden Regional Health Centre’s highest priority needs, please visit our website and click on the “Donate Now” button or contact Chuck Schmitt at 807-223-8201 Extension 2243 or by email at cschmitt@drhc.on.ca.

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