News release – March 17, 2020
- PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME SAFETY MEASURES IN THIS NOTICE MAY HAVE CHANGED IN WEEKS FOLLOWING ITS PUBLICATION. (I.E. VISITOR RESTRICTIONS)
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 www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19.
View and download this notice in PDF here.
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Regional Director of Communications
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Tel: (709) 897-3102