Health care teams at Brockville General Hospital (BGH) and Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health (LLGAMH) are working together to keep patients, clients, and staff safe. Part of this effort includes sharing expertise to ensure that all staff are prepared.
During the pandemic, BGH’s infection control and prevention experts have provided training on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other precautionary measures to LLGAMH staff. This information is particularly important for those working in group and residential homes for people living with mental health and addictions issues. Public Health directives are in place to ensure proper COVID-19 screening and care.
“Caring for our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging but we are ready,” noted Eric Hanna, LLGAMH CEO. “And we are grateful to our colleagues at BGH for the additional resources and expertise that they bring to the table. Our partnership is creating a safe environment for staff and clients.”
“BGH and LLGAMH serve the a similar patient population, and it is our responsibility to keep these patients and clients safe,” said Nick Vlacholias, President and CEO at BGH. “Our hospital staff have done an incredible job of stepping up and adapting to the challenges we face as a result of COVID-19. Sharing this knowledge and information will help to keep everyone safe. This is one way that we can continue to give back to the community, who has been so supportive of us.”
Both BGH and LLGAMH continue to support clients and others who require counselling for addictions, mental health issues and COVID-19 stress. At LLGAMH, call 613-342-2262 ext. 1. To access BGH’s Mental Health Crisis Team, call 613-345-4600 or 1-866-281-2911.