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.

Enhanced COVID-19 Assessment in Greater Sudbury

Enhanced COVID-19 Assessment in Greater Sudbury

Friday, March 13, 2020/Categories: Health Sciences North

As of March 13th, Health Sciences North (HSN) is operating a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the North Laboratory 1 area of the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) at 56 Walford Road in Greater Sudbury, 650 meters from HSN’s Ramsey Lake Health Centre.

The clinic’s purpose is to assess and, only where appropriate, swab people who may be infected with COVID-19 with a goal of minimizing the significant number of patients presenting themselves to the Emergency Department at HSN. This COVID-19 Assessment Centre is by appointment only. For safety reasons, “walk in” appointments are strictly prohibited. Not everyone who attends the clinic will be swabbed.

Individuals meeting the criteria below must call HSN’s assessment centre at 705-671-7373 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, 7 days per week, instead of presenting themselves to HSN’s Emergency Department. The patient will give their basic intake information and will receive a call back from a clinician for next steps.

Individuals with general questions must not call HSN. Instead, please visit Public Health Sudbury & Districts website

Individuals must meet the following criteria for an Assessment Centre appointment:

1. Symptoms:

Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) and/or cough (new or worsening) 

AND

2. Exposure History within the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:

  1. Travel outside of Canada
  2. Had close interactions with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  3. Had close interactions with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 who recently travelled outside of Canada

There are two steps to be followed to receive an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

  1. Patients need to complete an assessment by telephone and will be triaged by a nurse from HSN;
  2. Patients triaged by the HSN nurse will be given an appointment to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre as required. For patients who may have difficulty presenting for an assessment, arrangements will be made for an assessment at home from an employee of the Greater Sudbury Community Paramedicine Program.

Sudbury’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, funded and approved by the Ministry of Health, is among the first to be opened in Ontario.  It’s the result of proactive and collaborative planning by a number of programs at HSN, including its Centre for Prehospital Care, as well as Public Health Sudbury & Districts, the City of Greater Sudbury and Ontario Health (North).

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