Wearing a Face Covering in the Hospital
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone at the hospital safe, we are asking all patients, family caregivers, and visitors to wear a mask or face covering while in the hospital. As you enter the hospital, you will meet with the screening staff. If you do not have your own mask or face covering, or the staff determines that the mask you are wearing is not effective, we will hand you a mask to wear. Please clean your hands with hand sanitizer before and after putting your mask on. If you have a child, 6 years of age or older, coming in for a test, clinic visit, or emergency, we will also give them a mask to wear.
Update on Resuming Clinical Activities
Humber River Hospital has received approval to gradually resume non-urgent and elective surgeries and procedures as of June 3rd.
To be clear, not all procedures will begin on June 3rd. It will take time to reschedule services.
All of this hinges on a number of factors including PPE, bed occupancy, availability of drugs and supplies, ability to maintain safe social distancing, and our human resource capacity.
Important: HRH will be contacting patients directly to reschedule their procedures.
Going forward, should there be a sudden surge of COVID-19 cases, HRH needs to be able to readily access 10% of its beds. This is why a cautious and gradual approach to the initial resumption is required to closely monitor any impacts to our operations. This will roll out in phases over the coming weeks.
It’s important to note that the hospital may need to stay in a specific phase for several weeks at a time, or longer, or return to an earlier phase, depending on occupancy, PPE and drug supply status.
HRH will continue to monitor and reassess this plan on an ongoing basis, especially if there is a sudden surge in COVD-19 cases in the community.
Humber River Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
Before coming to the HRH Assessment Centre, do a pre-assessment by:
- calling Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000)
- using the Toronto COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
- using the Government of Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
Location: Reactivation Care Centre (RCC) – Finch site (2111 Finch Avenue West Toronto, Ontario M3N 1N1)
Hours: 7 days a week/ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7pm: Due to COVID-19, we are no longer permitting visitors at all three Humber River Hospital sites, including our Reactivation Care Centres – Finch and Church sites, per the guidelines of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer. There will be limited exceptions including patients who are at end-of-life, critically ill, paediatric patients, patients receiving surgery, or women in the birthing suites.
We will actively screen all visitors who are the exception and they will be required to sign-in once they arrive on the unit.
Visitors who feel unwell (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat): please do not visit at this time.
We continue to screen all patients and visitors who are the exception, as per above guidelines.
When you come to the hospital, security will ask you why you are at the hospital. They will also ask if you have any of the above symptoms. Visitors will be turned away if they have any symptoms during the screening process. We continue to monitor the situation closely to make decisions about visitor access.
Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses to others by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer (greater than 60% alcohol), if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid contact with others until your symptoms subside and/or you have been evaluated by a physician.
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough and/or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid travel while sick.
Entryway Restrictions – Wilson Site
Visitors and patients will only be able to access our Wilson Site using the below entrances:
- South Central
- Emergency Department
- North Central
- South East
Humber River Hospital (HRH) is actively monitoring the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada.
Please visit Health Canada for the latest COVID information and travel advisories.