Labrador-Grenfell Health imposes COVID-19 restrictions

News release – March 17, 2020

The health and safety of Labrador-Grenfell Health patients and staff continues to be our priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, to limit public exposure to potential risk, Labrador-Grenfell Health is imposing restrictions at all its facilities until further notice.

The following restrictions have been implemented at all Labrador-Grenfell Health facilities:


·      Only urgent/ emergent surgeries will take place.

·      Patients who have already traveled for elective procedures/ surgeries will be accommodated.

·      All other elective surgeries will be rebooked.

·      Labrador-Grenfell Health will contact affected individuals about their surgery.

The following Services will Continue

·      All telehealth services.

·      All cancer services.

·      In-center renal dialysis.

·      Urgent medical imaging (i.e. X-Ray) and Laboratory services (i.e. blood collection).

·      Urgent ambulatory care.

·      Urgent therapeutic services.

·      Doorways and mobile crisis response teams.

·      Inpatient rehabilitation services.

·      Community based services for priority services based on client need (ex: Home Nursing Services, Emergency Home Support and Special Assistance Program, Public Health Nursing). 

·      Select primary care appointments at outpatient departments, health centres and community clinics.

·      Urgent specialist appointments.

Labrador-Grenfell Health is implementing alternative methods for delivering care such as telephone consults or virtual care in lieu of in-person consultations when appropriate.

Labrador-Grenfell Health will inform individuals their appointment status. If you have questions about your scheduled appointment, please call the respective department.


·      Only one designated visitor per resident is permitted in long-term care homes.

·      No visitors are permitted in any of Labrador-Grenfell Health hospitals with the following exceptions:

o  There are no restrictions on the number of patients at end-of-life.

o  Only one designated person per patient permitted in obstetrics delivery rooms.

o  Parents can visit children who are inpatients.

o  Patients who require interpretations services will be permitted one designated visitor.


·      Volunteering is temporarily suspended.


·      University and college student placements will continue.


·      The use of healthcare facilities for community groups is suspended.

Labrador-Grenfell Health is thanking the public for their patience and cooperation during this time.  All Newfoundlanders and Labradorians must work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information and regular updates on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website at

View and download this notice in PDF here.


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Media Contact:

Amanda MacNeil

Regional Director of Communications
Labrador-Grenfell Health
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Tel: (709) 897-3102