Bluewater Health Seeing Increased Demand and Emergency Department Wait Times

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 9:36am

Visitor Restrictions Implemented at Sarnia Hospital 

SARNIA & PETROLIA – January 9, 2018 – Bluewater Health is experiencing longer than usual wait times in its Emergency Departments (EDs) and higher numbers of admitted patients, and Sarnia-Lambton is seeing an increase in seasonal illness. 

In order to decrease the chances of others becoming ill, the organization has implemented visitor restrictions at its Sarnia hospital effective immediately. Patients will be limited to one visitor at a time in the Medicine A unit, and two at a time in the rest of the hospital. All visitors are asked to NOT visit patients if they are feeling ill themselves. In addition, 24-hour visiting has been stopped and all visiting will begin at 11:00 am and stop at 8:00 pm each day. The restrictions will continue until further notice. 

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. 

”We appreciate the community’s support in helping us to provide exemplary care to patients and families,” says Shannon Landry, Chief Nursing Executive. “We’ve taken these steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone in Sarnia-Lambton.” 

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. 

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