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.

Mental Health and Addictions

The Mental Health and Addictions Program of Health Sciences North, delivers integrated community and hospital-based mental health and addictions services across the Sudbury, Manitoulin and East Algoma districts.

Services are provided in a personal and family-centred manner, in both English and French, with a focus on cultural safety.  Mental health and addictions professionals are available to provide assessment, treatment, support and consultation to individuals and their families.

Now more than ever, it’s important that patients and clients have access to mental health and addictions services during COVID-19. While we continue to offer in-person appointments, we have increased our capacity to see patients and clients virtually. This ensures that clients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place. The following video provides useful information about virtual care, as well as some tips on how to make your appointment go as smoothly as possible.

Please see important information below regarding Mental Health and Addictions services during COVID-19.

 


HSN’s Harm Reduction Philosphy

Together, through a philosophy of Harm Reduction, HSN is working with all levels of the organization to ensure staff and physicians have the required training and education to support patients with substance use issues while they are in hospital or receiving treatment in any of our outpatient services. 

Please read how HSN’s Harm Reduction philosophy lays out how we will provide care to those who come through our doors.

 

 

Harm Reduction Survey: We’re listening

 

Improving access to mental health and addictions care for patients is one of the key goals of Health Sciences North’s (HSN) Strategic Plan. When it comes to providing care for people who use substances, HSN is committed to ensuring we are providing and designing services informed by patient experience and by evidence-based protocols.

Equally important is how we provide this care. How we support individuals, whether they are actively using substances, struggling to refrain from using, or recently relapsed and in withdrawal, has a lasting impact on their care experience and the future success of their treatment while in hospital and beyond. 

The Mental Health and Addictions Program recently sent out a needs assessment survey to gain insight and feedback on this issue. The survey was completed by staff, patients and their loved ones, as well as community partners regarding their current level of knowledge on substance use, our service gaps, and to help identify what staff need to feel comfortable supporting individuals with substance use who come to us for care.

Feedback collected will be used to provide specialized training on substance use, harm reduction, appropriate language use, anti-stigma, and overall how to support individuals who use substances while they are admitted to the hospital or receiving outpatient services at HSN.

The infographic found here shares the results from the needs assessment survey.