All tests negative at four Prescott and Russell emergency childcare centres

PRESCOTT AND RUSSELL — Workers at emergency child care centres in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) have so far all tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

UCPR paramedics last week collected samples from all staff at four of the UCPR’s six centres established to care for the children of front-line healthcare employees and other essential workers. “We are pleased to report that there are no positive cases of COVID-19,” says the UCPR of the four centres tested to date.

Blanket testing of daycare staff follows a similar initiative overseen by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at the region’s long-term care homes, where both staff and residents were all tested for the virus.


The UCPR and the HGH in partnership via shared electronic medical record system

HAWKESBURY — The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) have partnered on shared electronic medical record system to better serve long-term care residents at the counties’ own nursing home.

EpicCare Link allows the Prescott and Russell Residence to access records of residents housed at institutions such as the HGH — one of six Eastern Ontario healthcare institutions tied into the electronic medical record system. The network uses the latest technology to securely store, organize, and access patient records while maintaining patient privacy.

“Access to this system allows us to view, in real time, the medical records of our residents who might be admitted to the HGH. At the same time, sharing our resources allows us to standardize our digital platforms, which ensures better communication and better dynamics between the two institutes,” explained Alexandre Gorman, Administrator of the Prescott and Russell Residence.

“EpicCare has already proven to be extremely useful and relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, namely with respect to the transfer of patients between our two facilities.”

This partnership also marks the first official agreement between the Residence and the HGH, which creates a connection between the two organizations in light of the new regional health team model proposed by the Province of Ontario.

The Prescott and Russell Residence will be sponsored by the HGH to be part of the Atlas Alliance, which includes the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital (in Barry’s Bay), the Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital Academic Family Health Team, and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.


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