Arnprior Regional Health postpones non-urgent clinical services in response to COVID-19

Arnprior Regional Health postpones non-urgent clinical services in response to COVID-19

March 19, 2020 – Based on the recommendations of the Ontario Medical Association, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) has put in place a planned approach to postpone non-urgent surgeries, procedures, clinics and diagnostics effective March 20 until April 3, 2020.

This is a preventative measure to protect patients and staff against COVID-19.

“Careful planning was done to allow for a ramping down period of services this week,” said Eric Hanna, President and CEO, ARH. “The clinical team created a criterion to guide our physicians and staff to determine whether delaying a surgery, procedure, appointment or diagnostic test would medically-compromise a patient. If a delay would result in compromising a person’s health, then the medical intervention will proceed.”

The postponement of non-urgent clinical services will be revisited closer to April 3, 2020.

Currently, ARH and its Renfrew County health partners are finalizing plans to set up a Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (VTAC). Renfrew County community members who do not have access to a family doctor will be able to call a toll-free number to have their urgent health concern triaged and if needed, they will be connected to a family doctor or nurse practitioner virtually. More details will be shared soon.

Patients are reminded to contact their family physician for non-urgent health matters to help ensure ARH maintains the Emergency Department’s capacity. If a community member has a question or concern about COVID-19, contact Renfrew County District Health Unit at 613-735-8653 ext. 555.

About Arnprior Regional Health

Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 105-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.

For more information:

Melissa McDermott

Communications Manager

Arnprior Regional Health

[email protected]