Eastern Health announces temporary changes to services

Eastern Health has announced temporary changes to services, effective January 4, 2022.

Eastern Health says it will focus on urgent and emerging acute services at health care sites across the city, including the Health Sciences Center, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and Dr LA Miller Center.

These changes will reallocate resources to help the COVID-19 public health response, such as the administration of COVID-19 booster vaccines and COVID-19 swab clinics.

Urgent and urgent appointments are underway in the following areas: adult outpatient clinics, regional medicine program, child and women’s health, and rehabilitation, palliative care and geriatric medicine services.

The regional surgical services will perform urgent and emerging cardiac and cancer surgeries. A full list of impacts on specific services is available below.

Medical imaging

  • The medical imaging program will perform examinations as a priority. Patients will only be contacted if their appointment has been canceled for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CT (Computer Tomography), Ultrasound, Mammography, X-ray, Nuclear Medicine, PET ( Positron Emission Tomography) and BMD (bone densitometry)

Children’s and women’s health

  • All Maternal-Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) and prenatal appointments will continue.
    For all other appointments, only patients whose appointment is in progress will be contacted for confirmation. If you have not been contacted, your appointment is canceled.

Provincial Cancer Care Program

  • All radiotherapy and chemotherapy appointments will take place. Patients will be contacted directly if there is a change in their clinic appointments.

Ambulatory laboratory services (January 4-7, 2022): All sites in the Eastern health region

  • All non-urgent appointments have been canceled.
  • Urgent / emerging laboratory testing and services will continue.
  • Eastern Health ambulatory blood collection sites are limited to urgent blood collection only. This includes blood tests for patients requiring: INRs (International Standardized Ratios), therapeutic drug level monitoring testing and, for cancer patients, monitoring cancer clinic profiles and other related required tests. to cancer.

Eastern Health says only patients with ongoing appointments and procedures will be contacted at this time.

In addition, the health authority has extended restrictions on visitors following the upsurge in COVID cases.

All in-person visits to inpatients in hospitals and residents of long-term care homes, personal care homes, community care homes and assisted living facilities are suspended until further notice and the general public is advised. requested not to visit any patient or resident during this time.

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