SARNIA & PETROLIA – March 13, 2020 – The safety and security of Sarnia-Lambton community, our patients, and staff here at Bluewater Health are our top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and continue to work together based on the most current direction from the provincial Medical Officer of Health and the Government of Canada in implementing best practices in an attempt to manage anticipated surges in patient volumes due to COVID-19.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada and by extension, also for Ontario and Sarnia-Lambton.
“Changes to visitor protocols at our hospitals are needed as we attempt to limit any potential transmission or spread of the COVID-19 virus,” says Shannon Landry, Chief Nursing Executive. In order to decrease the chances of others becoming ill, Bluewater Health has implemented visitor restrictions at its Petrolia and Sarnia hospitals effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:00 am. Patients will be limited to the same two visitors from the same household for the duration of their stay. All visitors are required to check in at the nurses’ station and are asked to NOT visit patients if they are feeling ill themselves. In addition, 24-hour visiting has been suspended and all visiting will begin at 11:00 am and stop at 8:00 pm each day. The restrictions will continue until further notice.
”We appreciate the community’s support in helping us to provide exemplary care to patients and families,” says Landry. “We’ve taken these steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone in Sarnia-Lambton.”
We need to be especially vigilant in protecting our most vulnerable patients as well as the health professionals who care for them throughout the length of this pandemic. To support the hospital’s efforts to prevent the spread of infection, all visitors are reminded to use hand sanitizer when coming to and leaving Bluewater Health. Again, individuals are asked not to visit family or friends in the hospital if they are feeling unwell or had nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms within the last 48 hours.
Members of the public should continue to come to Bluewater Health for scheduled tests and procedures. Cancelling or delaying tests or procedures may put a patient at much more risk than coming into Bluewater Health when infection control measures are in place. The situation is being monitored by the hospital’s Infection Control Committee and updates will be provided as they develop. Future changes could include screening of individuals upon arrival and limited access points to hospital facilities.
Residents are reminded to always call 911 if you experience chest pain, stroke symptoms or an acute medical emergency. For less urgent health concerns, consider other care options such as Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), walk-in clinics, or your primary care provider.
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.