KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, JUNE 9, 2022 –  Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is maintaining its masking mandate beyond the expiration of the provincial masking requirement on June 11, 2022.

“As a hospital, we have a duty to care for and protect our patients, staff, and communities,” said Chief of Staff, Dr. Colin Sentongo. “Masking requirements will remain in effect at KDH for the safety of all patients and staff.”

This is in response to Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore’s statement on June 8, 2022 that most of the province’s remaining masking requirements, including on public transit and in hospitals, will expire on June 11, 2022.

The masking requirement will remain in force at KDH for all staff, patients and visitors until further notice.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

KDH Volunteers returned to the Hospital this week after a two-year COVID-driven absence with the triumphant Grand Reopening of the KDH Auxiliary’s Gift Shop and Coffee Bar.

“We are thrilled to be back!” enthused KDH Auxiliary President, Linda Carnegie. “We have very much missed all the different ways we interact face to face with staff and patients in fulfilling our mission of promoting good public relations and assisting the hospital in providing quality community healthcare.”

KDH staff, in turn, have missed the volunteers. “It’s wonderful to be able to stop by the Coffee Bar again and get a latte or cup of tea and spend a few minutes chatting with the volunteers,” said Liz, who works in Administration. “They have a unique way of brightening up your day.”

Pre-COVID, KDH volunteers could be found helping out in every area of the hospital. For now it’s just the Gift Shop and Coffee Bar that has resumed operations; other volunteer services will be restarted as they are deemed to be safe.

May 9 Reopening Day, (l-r) Linda, Marg, Brenda and Jean

Prior to returning to duty at the Hospital, each volunteer was required to take online training in the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control Measures. “It’s vitally important that we keep our volunteers safe,” said Lana LeClair, Vice President of Corporate Services.

A plexiglass barrier between the volunteers and their Gift Shop and Coffee Bar customers adds another layer of protection.

The safety of the volunteers was behind the KDH’s decision to suspend all volunteer services when COVID-19 arrived in Ontario in mid-March of 2020. “As difficult a decision as it was, it had to be made,” explained LeClair. “Ever since then we’ve been carefully considering the right time to welcome the volunteers back,” she added.

To celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Gift Shop and Coffee Bar, staff were treated to a free hot beverage of their choice, as well as discounts on Gift Shop purchases. “Several staff came by on opening day to purchase items they’d had their eyes on for two years!” laughed Carnegie.

The last word goes to KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank Vassallo. “I am so happy to see the return of our dedicated volunteers,” he said. “You can easily identify them by their red smocks as well as the kindness, compassion and empathy they radiate.”

The KDH Auxiliary’s Gift Shop and Coffee Bar is now open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223

 

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is delighted to announce that its Communications team is mounting a ‘mini’ historical display celebrating National Nursing Week, May 9-15, 2022, in downtown Kemptville!

The display will be in the front window of the brand new ‘History Hub’ at 148B Prescott Street (next to Bubba and Bugs Coffee Bar). The History Hub is an initiative of the North Grenville Historical Society; KDH is proud of this new collaboration.

The display will feature a small assortment of artifacts from the KDH collection, the majority of which has been lovingly preserved by the volunteers of the KDH Auxiliary over the years. This mini display is also a ‘teaser’ for the permanent historical display (put on pause by Covid) that will be installed at KDH in the corridor between the Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging by the end of the year, time permitting.

The public is invited to stop by and see the display during Nursing Week. The History Hub is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm or the display can be viewed through the front window any time. The KDH display will remain in place until the end of May. The poster at left will be featured in the display.

 

 

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

jread@kdh.on.ca

The theme for National Nursing Week 2022, May 9-15, is, “We Answer the Call”. It offered an excellent opportunity to ask Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) nurses, ‘Why did YOU become a nurse?’ We were delighted and grateful to hear from four nurses who generously shared their unique stories.

Fallon Gluck, RN, Manager of Nursing Services.   When I was six years old, I broke my arm in two places after falling off a slide in my parents’ backyard. The extraordinary care I received from an Emergency Room nurse that evening stayed with me throughout my childhood and teenage years. I knew I wanted to touch people’s lives in the same way my nurse had.  I’ve never once regretted my career choice and although I don’t practice clinical nursing anymore, I am so proud to be a nurse and collaborate with the inspiring nurses at KDH to deliver excellent patient care every day.  Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am always so proud to share how much our nurses truly care about our patients.  It is humbling, and a privilege, to walk among them.

A group of Nurses who work on KDH’s inpatient units.

Sarah Linney, RN.   Growing up and into adulthood I had many difficult experiences related to my health, my family and other aspects of my life. Nursing was not my first career choice. The tech crash in the ‘90s altered the course of my career permanently. I noticed that I was spending a lot of time caring for others and helping them through my experiences when they encountered difficulties in their health and lives. I realized that nursing was my calling and kept rolling from there.

Linda Morton, RPN.  I have had a few careers while journeying through this thing called life. The main three were military, real estate broker, and then Nursing.  I have always enjoyed working with people and having the pleasure of being able to help them along in life. When I was in my 40’s, I felt the need to help people on a more personal level, so I decided to go back to school to take up Nursing. Nursing is so rewarding and has a lot of job satisfaction. When people are ill, they are so vulnerable, frightened of the unknown, the loss of control to strangers who are poking and prodding, and in unfamiliar surroundings. I get much satisfaction to be able to comfort them by explaining procedures, building a trusting relationship and genuinely listening, encouraging and helping make the best of their experience while keeping their dignity intact. I strongly believe that humour and physical contact are very important in the healing process. A hug or holding a hand shows genuine care, compassion and empathy. I envision myself being in the patient’s shoes. My motto is always treat the patient the way I (or a family member) would like to be treated. I have nursed for 17 years.  I have not only had the privilege of touching many people’s lives – and they mine – but I also find the nursing profession very humbling.  I’ve been so blessed to have my life enriched with fond memories of sharing laughter, tears, and sadness with patients and their family members. I will always treasure the “calling” experience.

Amanda Quig, RN.   Before I was a nurse, I worked as a lab technician at Brockville General Hospital. When I would take blood in the ER, ICU (Intensive Care Unit), and PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit), I would always be amazed by the intelligence, compassion, strength, and teamwork of the nurses in those units. I took those character strengths that I saw in those nurses with me and applied them to school. Thankfully, I got accepted as a mature student. Nurses have many ups and downs in our careers, and it’s hard work physically and mentally. But, I have never looked back and said I regret becoming a nurse. There are so many amazing people that we work with – nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals –  and we all rely on each other to give good help, and I love that. I like to think I did answer the call, as I would not be happy doing something other than healthcare.

At KDH we are grateful for our highly skilled, professional, and compassionate nurses during Nursing Week, and every other day of the year!

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

 For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

jread@kdh.on.ca

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) and surrounding hospitals are experiencing increased pressures on both Emergency Departments (EDs) and ambulance offload processes. This is primarily due to COVID-19 outbreaks, combined with staffing shortages related to COVID-19 illness or exposure. Hospitals are adapting to these pressures to ensure that patients receive the care they need.

If you need emergency care, you should continue to come to the Emergency Department. Patients will be triaged based on acuity, and some patients may experience longer than usual wait times.

Healthcare providers are working hard to ensure that those who need care will receive it. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate the challenges of this pandemic.

 ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

APRIL 27, 2022 –  Kemptville District Hospital (KDH)’s initiative to add CT scanning capability to its services took a huge leap forward today with the announcement that the Ontario government has officially designated KDH as a CT Site.

“Currently our patients requiring CT have to be transported to Ottawa or Winchester, causing delays in getting these potentially life-saving diagnostic tests,” said KDH’s CEO, Frank J. Vassallo. “We recognized some time ago that we need to be able to offer CT in our ER and are thrilled to see this initiative moving forward with our official designation as a CT Site.”

Left to right: KDH Board Chair Elizabeth MacPherson, North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, MPP Steve Clark, KDH CEO Frank Vassallo

Vassallo added that having CT scanning capabilities will be a “game changer” for KDH as it will also enable the hospital to bring in new medical and surgical programs requiring CT.

Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, made the announcement at KDH, with North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford in attendance. “After decades of inaction and underinvestment by previous governments, the people of Kemptville have had to make do with hospitals that did not have the diagnostic tools they need to provide the level of care that our growing community needs,” MPP Clark said. “Our government is fixing this problem by helping Kemptville District Hospital secure their first CT Scanner, so that all Ontarians can access the world-class care they need right here in Kemptville.”

Vassallo expressed gratitude to Health Minister Christine Elliott for designating KDH as a CT Site. “I would also like to thank our MPP Steve Clark for his unwavering support of KDH,” he said, “ – especially in our quest to bring a CT Scan to Kemptville.”

Vassallo next expressed thanks to the Municipality of North Grenville for providing funding support for the CT Scan initiative in the amount of $900,000. In addition, he thanked the KDH Auxiliary for their generous contribution of $60,000, which will be used to support the CT scan initiative.

Next steps to move the CT Scan initiative forward include a fundraising campaign by the KDH Foundation and the construction of an addition on the side of the hospital to house the CT technology.

“We will keep the community informed as we continue to move this vital initiative forward,” concluded Vassallo.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

613.258.6133 x 223 | jread@kdh.on.ca

APRIL 23, 2022 –  During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 24-30, 2022, Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) celebrates and thanks its many dedicated volunteers: the members of the KDH Auxiliary, the KDH Patient and Family Advisory Committee, the KDH Foundation Board of Directors, KDH Board of Directors, and community physicians who volunteer on various medical committees.

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2022, Volunteering is Empathy in Action: Volunteers Bring Heart to Canada’s Communities (Volunteer Canada), is exemplified by KDH volunteers who, despite COVID restrictions, have found multiple ways to support the Hospital’s patients and staff with their empathy, compassion and dedication.

“Pandemic or not, our volunteers continue to make a difference in the day to day experiences of our patients and their families,” affirmed KDH’s CEO, Frank J. Vassallo.

Examples abound in the efforts of the KDH Auxiliary over the past two years: whether it was sewing ‘ear saver’ headbands for residents in the Interim Long-Term Care Unit, making scrub caps for frontline staff, knitting Comfort Dolls for KDH’s smallest ER patients, assembling Comfort Kits for patients unexpectedly admitted to hospital, tending the hospital gardens, or fundraising, the volunteers’ “empathy in action” is evident.

Linda Carnegie, current President of the KDH Auxiliary, recently presented the Hospital with a cheque from the Auxiliary in the amount of $60,000. Considering the Auxiliary has been hampered by the COVID shutdown of its gift shop and café as well as the cancellation of its major annual fundraiser, Hey Day (three times), this is an outstanding result!

Carnegie explained that the sizeable donation was made possible by the generosity of the North Grenville community and the volunteers’ vigorous fundraising efforts, which included an online lottery. Hey Day Co-ordinator, Jolene Stover, said that taking the Hey Day 50/50 draws online was a huge learning opportunity for the Auxiliary. “We learned we can adapt, pivot, expand our knowledge, come together as a team, challenge ourselves and do whatever it takes to make an event successful for the Auxiliary and ultimately the Hospital,” she said.

This donation from the Auxiliary joins the significant financial contributions of the Auxiliary over the past 63 years, which now total a staggering $1.8 Million. Funds raised by the KDH Auxiliary are used to purchase essential medical equipment for the direct benefit of KDH patients.

KDH is looking forward to welcoming its volunteers back into the Hospital; an announcement about their return will be made soon. As Vassallo commented, “We have missed your smiles and kind words and gestures which create a wonderful impression and starts a patient’s visit in an exemplary way.”

The KDH Auxiliary always welcomes new volunteers, including students. A past student volunteer, soon to graduate from medical school in Cork, Ireland, shared his testimony about his experience both as a greeter in the KDH ER and a helper in its Interim Long-Term Care Unit. He said, “I hope the KDH volunteer experience inspires other students to pursue medicine as it inspired me!”

For more information about becoming a volunteer at KDH, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@kdh.on.ca.

During National Volunteer Week, KDH traditionally recognizes its volunteers at an Annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea. This year, again, the event will be held virtually, on April 26, 2022.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital

O: 613.258.6133 x 223 | C: 613.914.0195

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

MARCH 7, 2022 – The Board of Directors of Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Director.

Made up of dedicated volunteers, the KDH Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Hospital and guiding its future in the health system. The Board determines the Hospital’s mission and strategic direction, and supports their advancement. The Board is also responsible for the quality of patient care, and ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and regulatory obligations.

The KDH Board of Directors is comprised of 14 volunteer members and four ex-officio members. The volunteer members have diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and areas of expertise to the team.

The Board is currently looking for candidates for the position of Director with a commitment to community service and willingness to learn and work in a team environment. Candidates must be interested in helping KDH build healthier communities; residence in the Eastern Ontario region is required. Previous experience on a non-profit board, especially in the health or social service sector, is an asset.

In this recruitment process, the Board is looking for strengths and experience in the following areas: Mental Health and Substance Use Health; Complex Project Management; Home, Community and Transitional Care; Health Informatics; Healthcare Technology Management; Health Human Resources; Legal; and Relationship Management/Government Relations. Diversity is also an important factor in the selection process.

A Board member can expect to spend a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per month attending meetings and performing committee work. The current committees of the KDH Board of Directors are Executive Committee, Governance, Fiscal Advisory Committee, Corporate Services, and Quality and Safety Committee.

To apply, please send a letter of interest with CV to lleclair@kdh.on.ca before March 31, 2022, indicating “Board of Directors recruitment” in the subject line.

ABOUT KEMPTVILLE DISTRICT HOSPITAL

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly growing Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopaedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

T: 613-258-6133 extension 223

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

FEBRUARY 2, 2022 – Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brittany Rivard, CPA, CA as its new Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations, effective February 16, 2022.

Rivard is an accomplished operations leader who brings to KDH 12 years of progressive experience in a number of industries, with a focus on healthcare and accounting. Her areas of expertise include process streamlining, continuous quality improvement, data and business analysis, organizational strategy, and regulatory compliance.

Brittany Rivard CPA, CA

Rivard comes to KDH from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, where she served as Associate Director, Clinical Operations.  In this role she was responsible for the leadership and management of dental clinics, with oversight of more than 90 staff.

Previously, Rivard served at the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto in a number of roles, concluding her time there as Director, Clinical Funding Strategy. Her multiple responsibilities in this capacity included operating as an information and decision-making hub in support of the clinical team, working with the strategy team to position the hospital for future success under the Ontario Health Team model, developing meaningful financial and clinical metrics to optimize clinical funding and reduce the financial impact of budget concerns on patient care, and acting as subject matter expert on hospital funding formulas.

In a prior role, Rivard worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their audit practice, where she excelled at the technical elements of the audit process and found passion in strategic business initiatives and mentoring others.

Rivard earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business after beginning her undergraduate degree in Honours Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) designation.

“We are delighted to welcome Brittany to KDH following a comprehensive search to fill this vital role,” said the hospital’s CEO, Frank J. Vassallo. “Brittany is an experienced healthcare and accounting professional with a proven leadership style that is grounded in the financial realities of the healthcare industry. We are very confident in her ability to help meet the challenges in KDH’s future as an integral member of our senior leadership team,” he added.

“I am excited to join KDH’s executive team and contribute to the incredible mission of this hospital,” said Rivard. “I have already felt welcomed and connected to the strong community that exists in Kemptville and look forward to what we can achieve together. I believe that funding, operations, and administration should build a strong foundation for the wonderful clinical care we provide to this community and I hope to continue building on the excellent work of Marcus Hewitt.”

Rivard succeeds Hewitt, the outgoing CFO and VP Operations, who came to KDH in May of 2020 from the Municipality of North Grenville. Vassallo expressed his gratitude to Hewitt for his dedicated service throughout his time at KDH, particularly commending him for his inspirational leadership in response to the cyberattack that the hospital suffered in the fall of 2021.

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is a 40-bed acute care hospital located in the rapidly going Eastern Ontario municipality of North Grenville, 40 minutes south of Ottawa. We provide 24-hour emergency care, inpatient care, advanced orthopedic surgery (as a satellite of The Ottawa Hospital), Convalescent Care, Interim Long-Term Care, Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, an ever-growing list of outpatient clinics, and education and wellness programming including Diabetes Education and Support. Committed to advancing our mission of Building Healthier Communities, we are an integrated health services organization with deep partnerships in our community and region. With our partners in the Ottawa West Four Rivers Ontario Health Team, we are collaborating on a new model of health care delivery that puts patients, families and caregivers at the centre of the health care system.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Officer

T: 613-258-6133 extension 223

Email: jread@kdh.on.ca

www.kdh.on.ca

DECEMBER 22, 2021 – Effective December 23, 2021, the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre (NGCAC) is transitioning from a testing centre to a DIY (‘Do It Yourself’) Collection Centre.

Patients requiring testing will still need to make an appointment. On arrival at the NGCAC, they will be screened by a physician to ensure they meet current eligibility for testing before receiving a test kit. After performing the PCR test in their car, patients will drop it off with a nurse and receive post-test instructions.

Eligibility for COVID-19  testing is set out by the province. To summarize, eligible people are those with symptoms, high risk contacts of positive cases (whether they have symptoms or not), people who have tested positive on a rapid test (regardless of symptoms), and people who are household members of a positive case. For details see https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-test-and-testing-location-information

The decision to make this transition was taken by the management of the NGCAC to keep its staff safe. Medical Director, Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, explained:  “By transitioning to a DIY Collection Centre, we will be minimizing the face-to-face interactions with patients and limit the exposure risk for our team. The safety of our staff is paramount.”

The management of the NGCAC also operate a site in Stittsville, Ontario, which has recently made the same transition from COVID-19 assessment and testing to DIY Collection Centre. “We have been running this system successfully in Stittsville and we are confident the transition will be just as successful in Kemptville,” said Rutherford.

“Now more than ever,” concluded Dr. Rutherford, “it is important that people who are most likely to have COVID-19 (those with symptoms and those with exposure) get a test within a timely manner. As always, we’d like to thank the public for doing their part by washing their hands, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and isolating and testing when they are sick.”

About the North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre

The North Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre is a community-based collaboration of five partners: Rideau Crossing Family Health Centre; the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; the Municipality of North Grenville; Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service; and Kemptville District Hospital. The Assessment Centre is located at 15 Campus Drive (Bell Hall on the Kemptville Campus) in Kemptville, Ontario. The partners designed the centre to be as efficient as possible, to minimize wait times for patients and families, and to minimize disruption on the Kemptville Campus, which is home to several schools and other organizations. https://ngcac.ca/

To book an appointment: https://portal.healthmyself.net/northgrenvillecovid19assessmentcentre/guest/?fbclid=IwAR02keRlVlP2Lm9r0wcAEvta2uQ1uPZCTfqFUWTis09_89KM0peIiHlGPH8#/1do/book/type

Patients wishing to contact the centre following testing may send an email to ngcac@kdh.on.ca.