Updated March 24, 2020
Kemptville Distrist Hospital is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, staff, physicians, and volunteers during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. Below is a list of current restrictions/cancellations at KDH.
Given the very fluid nature of the situation, this page will be updated daily. We are committed to being transparent and accountable in all our communications. We thank the entire KDH community, both within and outside our walls, for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.
- No visitors are permitted except on compassionate grounds until further notice.
- There is one entrance open to the public – the ER entrance – where you will be screened on arrival.
- All non-urgent x-rays and ultrasounds have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
- KDH’s annual OR shutdown has been extended until further notice.
- Many non-acute outpatient clinics (specialist appointments) are cancelled until further notice. Some clinics will continue based on medical need or urgency. If your appointment is cancelled you will be called by the hospital.
- All volunteer services have been suspended; this includes operation of the hospital’s coffee shop.
- All large group events are cancelled until further notice.
- All after hours meetings at KDH are cancelled until further notice.
For details on the cancellation and postponement of non-urgent surgical and outpatient services during the current COVID-19 pandemic, read our Reduction of Clinical Services Plan.
What to do if you think you might have COVID-19:
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, new cough, and difficulty breathing, and these may occur within 14 days of exposure to another case. The Ministry of Health has introduced a new online Coronavirus self-assessment tool – if you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
People who suspect they may have COVID-19 may also contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), their local public health unit, or their primary care provider for assistance in determining whether they need to be seen and assessed or tested.
Please do not present directly to the emergency department as most people with COVID-19 can self-care at home and do not need medical attention. This will help protect resources and other more vulnerable patients who do need emergency care.
NOTE: If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner or your local public health unit.
For more information:
The community is advised to consult the Public Health Ontario website for up-to-date recommendations on screening, self-isolation, travel advice and public gatherings. Everyone is reminded as well to continue to practice frequent hand hygiene and careful respiratory etiquette.