Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients will still be seen in our Emergency Department, regardless if they are wearing a mask. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    HSN Clostridium Difficile (C. difficile) Rates

    Each month, you will find C. difficile infection rates for Health Sciences North posted on our website as required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Included in the table is data on the number of new hospital acquired cases and the rate for each month. To ensure patient confidentiality, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has advised hospitals that have between one and four cases in a month to report the number of cases as "less than 5".

    Calculating Rates
    The C. difficile infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The “total patient days” represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time period.

    The rate is calculated as follows:
    Number of new hospital-acquired cases of C. difficile in our facility X 1000
    Total number of patient days (for one month)

    HSN Rates

    Hospital Acquired C.difficile Cases & Rates per 1,000 Patient Days by HSN Site

    January 2020

    Ramsey Lake Health Centre

    Cases: 7
    Rate: 0.53

    Sudbury Mental Health & Addictions Centre
    Cases: 0
    Rate: 0.00

    Please refer to the questions and answers below for background information regarding C. difficile, or visit the Ministry website at