Elective surgeries, outpatient services to resume Monday
Visitor restrictions continue
SOUTH MUSKOKA - Surgeries and ambulatory outpatient diagnostic testing are anticipated to cautiously resume at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital site on Monday, Dec. 17 but are subject to change if more hospital-acquired cases of influenza arise.
Patients with a scheduled appointment are asked not to bring companions with them unless absolutely necessary. Anyone coming to the hospital for tests and procedures is encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and to contact the department they are scheduled for first if they are feeling unwell with respiratory symptoms.
Meanwhile, visitor restrictions will continue in hopes of minimizing the spread of infection to patients, staff and the community at large.
The influenza situation continues to be monitored and assessed on a daily basis by the Outbreak Management Team.
As the flu season appears to be ramping up, everyone is reminded that visiting acute-care hospitals during influenza season can place patients at risk. If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit the hospital. Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, weakness and lethargy. You can give influenza to others for 24 hours before the onset of any symptoms and for an additional five days after the onset of symptoms. Practice diligent hand hygiene and get vaccinated to protect yourself against influenza.
The emergency department at the south Muskoka hospital remains open; however, an increase in activity may present longer wait times. It is wise to visit your primary care provider for non-urgent medical needs.
South Muskoka Memorial Hospital will remain closed to all visitors until further notice, with the exception of very special circumstances. Please speak to the nurse in charge or the manager.
The hospital’s information system will be updated regularly. For up-to-date information, please visit mahc.ca or call 705-645-4404. Signage has been posted at the hospital alerting family and visitors of the visiting restrictions.