The Dryden Regional Health Centre has received approval to gradually bring back clinical services and elective surgeries, that were cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning on June 15, clinical services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, diagnostics, general surgery, primary care, mental health and addictions, and anaesthesia clinics will follow a phased-in reintroduction of services, with guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Northwestern Health Unit.

A further phase-in of specialty surgeries and services, including orthopaedics, gynacology, plastics, otolaryngology, and rheumatology is expected later in the summer season.

“As we prepare to reopen services, it is more important than ever to follow public health recommendations,” wrote the Chief Executive Officer for the DRHC, Doreen Armstrong-Ross.

“Everyday actions to reduce exposure and protect people’s health, such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing masks, visitor restrictions, and staying home when ill, continue to be crucial in our fight against COVID-19.”

“The support we have received from individuals, businesses, and services during these challenging times has been inspiring and aspiring. As we move forward, the ongoing cooperation of our community is appreciated.”

Staff add that hospital capacity levels, the supply of personal protective equipment and staffing levels are being monitored daily to ensure staff can meet the community’s healthcare needs.

The DRHC notes that whenever and wherever possible, staff will continue to reach out and provide virtual care to patients. Individuals waiting for in-person services will be contacted by the DRHC to book appointments.

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Non-essential surgeries expected to resume soon, DRHC