Outpatient and surgical services are expected to continue as planned at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Staff say patients have been cancelling their appointments and residents have had many questions about hospital services after Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home orders took effect, but are reminding the public that they are an essential healthcare provider.

The hospital says they haven’t received any directives to further reduce services or restrict visitor access, and the public will be informed if changes need to be implemented.

If you are scheduled for a surgery or an appointment, plan to keep the appointment unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If so, you’re asked to follow-up with the appropriate department by calling 807-468-9861.

Staff also remind the public that they remain diligent with their COVID-19 screening measures, personal protective equipment use and other precautions to keep staff and patients as safe as possible.

As it stands, the hospital is allowing one designated visitor between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., with restrictions in the Emergency Department. Exceptions will be parents or guardians of youth being treated.

Designated visitors are those deemed essential to the emotional wellbeing, health and quality of life of loved ones. In most cases, visitors should be a close family member or friend. They must bring and wear a mask when entering.

If a designated visitor has travelled outside of northwestern Ontario within the last 7 days, they will not be allowed to enter the hospital.

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