WDMH announces COVID-19 changes for Screening, Visitors and the Winchester Assessment Centre

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As COVID-19 numbers in our community continue to decline, Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) is making some changes to its COVID-19 policies.

Beginning July 4, there will no longer be staff members at the door to ‘actively’ screen visitors and ask for proof of vaccination. Visitors and patients coming to WDMH will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms using the posted questionnaire. Please stay home if feeling unwell unless it is a medical emergency. And remember – everyone is still required to wear a mask.

“Thank you to our screeners who have played an important role in keeping everyone safe at WDMH,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO.

Also on July 4, WDMH will be easing its visitor guidelines to allow for two visitors for inpatients. For complete details, please visit www.wdmh.on.ca/visitors.

“Our goal is to continue to keep all patients and staff safe,” explains Cholly Boland. “We will monitor and adjust the visiting hours as required.”

Finally, on June 30, the Winchester Assessment Centre will be closing due to reduced demand for testing. For more than two years, the WDMH team has provided test- ing, assessments, and vaccinations at the Lion’s Hall, with the support of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. To find a COVID-19 Assessment Centre close to you, please visit this Province of Ontario page.

“Close to 180 staff and physicians have worked at the Centre, providing more than 27,000 COVID-19 tests and more than 4,500 vaccinations,” says Cholly Boland. “Thank you to our local communities for your support!”

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, WDMH at 613.774.1049 or by email at [email protected].

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