WDMH closes to visitors; ‘compassionate’ exceptions; regularly scheduled appointments still happening

WINCHESTER — Patient visits are no longer permitted at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, the local healthcare institution announced last night.

Exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds, while obstetrics patients may bring one support person with them.

As the nation attempts to curtail the spread of COVID-19, everyone coming to WDMH is required to use the main hospital entrance (between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.) or the Emergency Department entrance (24/7, for emergencies). Mandatory screening is in place.

At this time, regularly scheduled tests, clinics, rehabilitation and surgery will continue, but will be reviewed daily, the hospital says. Those involved will be notified if their scheduled appointment changes.

“We know that family members are an important part of the healthcare team, but we want to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and our staff,” noted Cholly Boland, CEO. “We look forward to welcoming visitors back to WDMH as soon as possible.”

Each patient room has a telephone, and there is no charge (except for long-distance charges).  As well, family and friends can send virtual cards through the WDMH website at http://www.wdmh.on.ca/sendapatientecard.

Also visit www.wdmh.on.ca/coronavirus for the latest updates on measures to combat COVID-19 at WDMH.

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