West Haldimand General Hospital is taking precautions to keep everyone safe. Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
  
Possible Cancellations: 

The hospital will continue to provide essential services such as blood transfusions. 

On a week-by-week basis the hospital will be monitoring the need to cancel scheduled surgeries, low-risk minor procedures and endoscopies. Individuals who are currently scheduled for these services will be contacted prior to their scheduled appointment to be advised of confirmation or cancellation of the appointment.

Active Screening for COVID-19: The hospital has begun active COVID-19 screening for all visitors, staff and physicians. Hospital personnel will ask people to share travel history in the past 14 days and answer some health status questions. 

Active Screening will occur as follows: Main Entrance 6 a.m. to 8 p.m; Emergency Department: 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Connecting Remotely with Loved Ones: Community members are encouraged to consider alternative ways to connect with loved ones in care.

Visitor restrictions are now in effect: Please do not visit friends or family who are in the hospital if you feel ill or have any symptoms of respiratory illness or have travelled in the past 14 days outside of Canada. 

Current visitor guidelines are as follows: 1 visitor at a time per patient and no visitors under the age of 12. For compassionate reasons, some exceptions will apply for those patients who are palliative – please contact the hospital prior to your visit. 

WHGH offers free internet access. Cell phones and i-pads can be dropped off for in-patient use. The use of e-greetings and Facetime to connect with a loved one is also encouraged.
 
The Emergency Department remains open at this time. If you are seriously ill and require critical care, please go directly to the ER.
 
Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus for the latest information. Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000 or your local public health unit if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.