Updated as of November 29, 2020.
Bluewater Health’s infection prevention and control protocols are in place at all times and are currently heightened with screening points for all patients, visitors, staff and physicians due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals are reminded to please continue to monitor their own health, wear a mask, practice proper hand hygiene often, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and to practice physical distancing.
As per the mandatory masking bylaws in both Sarnia and Petrolia, all patients and care partners must wear a mask at all times while inside the hospital.
Visitors at Sarnia and Petrolia Bluewater Health Locations
Bluewater Health is pleased to welcome family and care partners back to the hospital. Family and care partners are viewed as essential to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of our patients. Once a patient designates a care partner, they will be contacted by the hospital to set up visiting. Please see the Family Presence and Care Partnership during COVID-19 Patient Information Handout and our Virtual Visit Request Form to schedule a 15 minute virtual visit with a loved one in hospital.
Bluewater Health COVID-19- Patients currently in hospital (as of November 29, 2020)
|Patients currently in hospital with confirmed COVID-19||2|
|Patients currently in hospital with tests pending for COVID-19
*Includes pre-surgical screening
Bluewater Health COVID-19 data to date
|Total Hospital COVID-19 tests to date||5484|
|Total patients tested in hospital with negative COVID-19||3923|
|Total patients tested in hospital with confirmed COVID-19||72|
|Total patients deceased from COVID-19||17|
Sarnia Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
153 Christina Street, Sarnia ON
Rural Lambton Assessment Centre
4130 Glenview Road, Unit 3 Petrolia ON
Please see here for an update on drive-through testing and hours/protocol for both Sarnia and Petrolia assessment centres.
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Bluewater Health Field Hospital Dismantled
Bluewater Health Reaches Important Milestone
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Drive-Through Testing Comes to Sarnia Lambton
Gradual Restoration of Postponed Services Requires Careful, Cautious Approach
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Bluewater Health and VISION Team Up to Battle COVID-19
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100% Completion: Sarnia Lambton Retirement Homes and Long Term Care Home COVID Assessments
Long Term Care & Retirement Home Blitz – Testing Ramps up in Sarnia Lambton
More COVID Testing for Lambton County
Bluewater Health Readies Emergency Field Hospital
Bluewater Health and Lambton Public Health Confirm First Patients of COVID-19 in Sarnia Lambton
Bluewater Health Further Reduces Visiting
Bluewater Health Implements Several Changes in Preparation for COVID
Q: Is the hospital safe?
A: Bluewater Health is taking all possible precautions to make the hospital as safe as possible. This includes a reduction of services, visitor restrictions, personal protective equipment (PPE) mandates, physical distancing measures, universal masking and updated procedures.
Q: How do I access the hospital sites?
A: At the Sarnia location, please park in the visitor parking lot or underground parking garage off of Russell Street. At the entrance, you will be screened by Bluewater Health staff. If you are being dropped off, please have the driver pull up to the main entrance doors where a staff member will assist you into the hospital. For those going to the Emergency Department, please use the entrance and parking lot on Norman Street. At Charlotte Eleanor Englehart (CEEH) there are two different entrances for patients and visitors. For those going to the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, or Lab – please use the Emergency Department entrance. For patients of Dr. Wang and Dr. Shih – please use the Dufferin Street entrance.
Q: Will my appointment go ahead as scheduled?
A: In an effort to reduce the number of patients in the hospital, physicians and other members of the healthcare team are being encouraged to use virtual methods of communication for appointments, if possible. As directives begin to be lifted by the government, your physician’s office will reach out to you about rescheduling any postponed appointments or procedures.
Q: My appointment was cancelled – why and what do I do now?
A: If your appointment was cancelled, please wait for your physician’s office or Bluewater Health to call you and reschedule. We are prioritizing patients based on urgency using an ethical framework.
Q: I have a confirmed procedure, treatment, or surgery at the hospital. What do I need to know?
A: Please see the patient handouts listed above, as well as the patient information handout for surgeries and procedures during COVID-19.
Q: I’ve been hospitalized and discharged for COVID-19. How do I continue my recovery from home?
A: Please see here for information about discharge planning and here for Public Health Ontario’s guidelines for self-isolation at home.
Q: Are volunteers still at the hospital?
A: In prioritizing the health and safety of our patients, staff, and volunteers, volunteers are not currently in the hospital. We appreciate all of our volunteers and look forward to welcoming them back when it is safe to do so. For more information about volunteering at Bluewater Health please see here.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: People can help by making a donation to the COVID-19 fund at bwhf.ca. Funds raised will be used to support frontline healthcare professionals, as well as to purchase critical equipment and technology to enhance the ability to diagnose and treat patients during this difficult time and beyond.
Community members can also contribute by donating handmade masks for patients and scrub caps for healthcare providers.
You can create artwork or photos and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting at staff entrances.
Q: Can I drop off food, flowers, or other items for my loved one?
A: You can! Personal belongings (limited to the essentials listed below) or food items, can be dropped off at the Russell Street entrance and a staff member will bring it to the patient floor. We can’t promise how quickly the items will get to the floor, though, so try and stay away from things like coffee or ice cream as food items will not be refrigerated or reheated on the units.
- Aids: glasses, hearing, dentures, cane, shoes, gait aids
- Cell phones/chargers, computers, tablets
- Personal toiletries (new in package, if possible): soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush
- Cultural: traditional medicine and prayer necessities
- Unopened packaging or items placed in clear containers for cleaning
Q: Can I donate food to frontline staff?
A: Absolutely! Please email email@example.com to coordinate that.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Please see here for a list of COVID-19 symptoms from Public Health Ontario.
Q: How can I protect myself?
A: For information on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, please see this information from Public Health Ontario
Q: Should extra precautions be taken by vulnerable populations (immunocompromised, seniors, pregnant women) to protect from this illness?
A: Please see here for information regarding seniors and COVID-19, here for information regarding pregnancy and COVID-19, and here for information regarding vulnerable populations and COVID-19.
Q: What does community transmission mean?
A: Please see here for more information regarding types of transmission of COVID-19.
Q: Is there a treatment or cure available for COVID-19?
A: There is currently no approved treatment or cure available for COVID-19.
Please see here for Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer’s comment supporting the use of masking as an “added layer of protection” when physical distancing is not possible.