KHSC reminds of services available during stay-at-home order

Kingston General Hospital, a KHSC site. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

On Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC) released a statement in regards to accessing health care services during the Ontario stay-at-home order which began on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.

KHSC says their priority remains providing acute care and critical care, including scheduled outpatient appointments which continue as usual at this time. According to the statement, if a booked clinic appointment needs to be rescheduled, the patient will be notified directly by the physician’s office.

Clinic patients can conveniently complete their COVID-19 screening online prior to their visit by using their pre-screening tool, KHSC said in the release. According to KHSC, the screening is quick, and patients obtain an email confirmation to bring with them, along with their appointment slip, to the hospital. KHSC says the pre-screening tool must be completed a maximum of four hours before a clinic appointment.

“Emergency and urgent health concerns should also be addressed during this stay-at-home period,” KHSC stated in the release. “Anyone with an acute, life-threatening illness/injury should go to the emergency department at our Kingston General Hospital site. If you have non-urgent care needs that cannot wait for a family doctor visit, go to the urgent care centre at our Hotel Dieu Hospital site. If you or someone you know experiences a medical emergency such as a stroke or heart attack, call 911 immediately.”

For more information and to access the mobile pre-screening tool, please visit https://kingstonhsc.ca/patients-families-and-visitors/covid-19-information-and-updates

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