As a member of our Scarborough Health Network (SHN) family, we want to provide you with an update on where we are in our journey to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and what comes next.
At our hospitals, keeping patients, families, our team and the entire Scarborough community safe is our top priority. We continue to take extraordinary steps to ensure we evolve our planning and strategy to remain in control of the pandemic, as it is still a volatile situation.
Here is an overview of some of the actions we’ve taken since the pandemic began.
|POP-UP ASSESSMENT CENTRES
SHN has, and will continue to, set up COVID-19 Assessment Centres in various locations around the community to help make getting tested more accessible. Click here for upcoming dates and locations.
|MASKS FOR ALL AT SHN
Our teams have been working non-stop with suppliers to make sure every staff member, patient and visitor receives a mask upon entry to our hospitals.
|COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRES
Our Centenary and Birchmount hospitals’ Assessment Centres have processed thousands of tests, keeping the burden of testing out of our Emergency departments. Click here to pre-register for an assessment
|SUPPORT FOR LONG-TERM CARE
SHN has stepped up for our partners in need, sending teams of experts to fill staffing gapes, conduct much-needed testing, and educate staff on best practices for infection prevention and control.
To ensure people who may be at risk of having the virus are identified and receive proper medical assessment and care, only a few designated entrances are open at each of our hospitals.
|EXPANSION OF VIRTUAL CARE
A specialized Task Force was created to accelerate SHN’s ability to get our patients care in their own homes, producing incredible virtual care tools that reduce the need for patients to visit our hospitals.
Entrances are secured by screening staff who assess potential entrants and give them identifiers as “clear to enter” or restrict their access based on likelihood of being contagious.
|FACE SHIELDS FOR ALL STAFF
We have found suppliers that have allowed us to outfit everyone who needs it at SHN with a face shield, providing an added level of safety that goes above and beyond the guidelines for care.
To keep our environment safe, we have taken the very difficult decision to limit our visitors. We are also developing alternative ways to keep patients connected with loved ones while in the hospital. To learn about our specific criteria, click here.
Our rigorous infection prevention and control procedures across all of our hospital and community locations have been further enhanced to prevent the spread of the virus.
|PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Despite global shortages, SHN currently has sufficient PPE supply for all staff. Our team is carefully tracking supplies and working closely with the Ministry of Health to pre-emptively cover any shortcomings forecasted for any supply. We thank the community of Scarborough with all our hearts for their generous contributions of equipment and supplies through the Help Our Heroes PPE Drive.
As of May 25, we have received donations of more than 400,000 supplies, including:
|COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND
Since the outset of the pandemic, SHN Foundation has actively been fundraising to support urgent equipment needs arising from COVID-19. Thanks to the support of more than 3,500 to date, we have now raised more than $2 million.
Our immense gratitude goes out to all those who have chosen to support SHN during this time of great need. The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now being mobilized to ensure our teams are properly equipped to treat Scarborough patients and families safely and effectively.
Learn more about the many ways we are raising support for our hospitals by visiting SHNFoundation.ca.
Looking forward, SHN is assessing our readiness for a gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures. Note that, while the province has provided a framework for hospitals on how to determine what is right in their communities, the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Directive #2 (which calls for the reduction of non-essential surgeries and other health provider services) is still in effect. We will provide additional updates as the situation develops.
As we emerge from this pandemic stronger together, SHN will continue to serve the Scarborough community with compassionate, inclusive and exceptional care.
Thank you for standing with us and helping us ensure a healthier tomorrow.