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 NOT acceptable. When you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner a hospital approved mask will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Patients going for a procedure where they must remove the mask will be asked to keep it ready to be put back on once the procedure is completed.

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

    Motions of Recovery

    For hospitalized patients, the myth of “rest is best” can actually prolong recovery and lead to a number of new health issues. According to the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), this is especially true for elderly patients, who without mobilization can lose up to 1-5% of muscle strength each day in hospital. This is problematic, as studies show that on average, hospitalized older adults only spend 43 minutes a day standing or moving. 

    Physical activity does not refer to lifting weights or cardio; it simply means getting out of bed and going about daily activities, as you normally would at home.  This helps to prevent disability from bone and muscle loss.  

    Check out CAHO’s “Motions of Recovery” video for some simple tips on how to keep moving during hospitalization. To learn more about the MOVE ON (Mobilization of Vulnerable Elders in Ontario) project, please visit: the CAHO website.



    Your Health Care: Be Involved

    Health Sciences North recognizes that patient safety is everyone’s responsibility and is committed at every level of your care to make sure that your stay is safe and free of harm. Patients who are more involved in their care do better and recover faster. 

    Our top priority is to keep you safe every day.

    Understand your role as a patient with our Patient Services Directory

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    Psychosis 101

    The North Bay Regional Health Centre Regional Early Intervention in Psychosis Program has launched to help people and their families in Northern Ontario cope with psychosis.