GBGH encourages community to seek medical attention when needed

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July 23, 2020—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is
reassuring patients it is safe to receive care based on the many safety measures the hospital has
implemented over the past four months. Whether individuals need Emergency department care or
have an elective procedure booked, GBGH is prepared to meet the health care needs of the
community it serves.

In mid-June, the hospital safely resumed some elective procedures and surgeries based on
specific criteria laid out by the provincial government to help maintain safety. These include
enhanced cleaning practices, a stable rate of COVID cases in the area, a reliable supply of PPE
and medication, having a plan for pre-operative diagnostic testing, and having staff and space to
care for patients in the event of a COVID patient surge.

As surgeries/procedures ramp up to 60 per cent of the hospitals’ capacity, GBGH continues to
work through the backlog of cases in a safe and efficient matter while keeping patient safety a

“We understand that times have been challenging and going out into public spaces may cause
feelings of anxiety, but GBGH continues to be a safe environment,” says Dr. Vikram Ralhan, chief
of staff and emergency physician, GBGH. “We are taking all precautionary measures to protect
patients and do not want anyone to delay care – whether it may be a visit to our Emergency
department, an elective procedure or a diagnostic test. If you are experiencing a health concern,
it’s a concern to us too.”

With certified infection prevention and control experts, cleaning professionals and clinical
education resources on staff to guide the hospital through all safety measures, the hospital
remains one of the safest places within the community. GBGH has enhanced cleaning measures
between procedures and is ensuring that all persons entering the hospital are screened, comply
with hand hygiene practices, wear a hospital-provided mask and follow physical distancing.

“The right care in the right place at the right time is critical as untreated or undiagnosed health
issues can become more serious over time,” adds Dr. Ralhan. “Although it’s uncertain how long
the pandemic will continue, the community can remain certain that the hospital will continue
providing safe, exceptional care through all the services we offer.”

Jennifer Moore
Communications Officer, GBGH
705-526-1300 ext 5177