Campbellford hospital lends support to Trent Hills COVID-19 assessment centre

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Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) is stepping in to help run the Trent Hills COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

​Beginning Nov. 23, CMH will provide clerical and operations support to the assessment centre, the hospital announced in a news release. Northumberland County Paramedics and the Trent Hills Family Health Team have been managing the centre so far throughout the pandemic.

​With the transition, there will be no changes in location, contact number or hours of operation for the Trent Hills COVID-19 Assessment Centre but only patients who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by phone moving forward.

​The hospital is reminding residents to be vigilant with safety measures including hand-washing, wearing a mask and practising physical distancing.

​“We are actively in wave two of the COVID-19 pandemic,” CMH said.

​Provincially, the number of new cases reported daily are up to over 1,000 and these cases are appearing closer to home, the hospital noted.

Outbreaks have been announced in the Peterborough and Cobourg areas.

​“We urge you to revisit your daily practices and ensure that you are taking all steps necessary to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe.”

​CMH said the Trent Hills Family Health Team was instrumental in establishing the assessment centre and co-ordinating processes that included registering patients, sending specimens to the lab, providing follow-up instructions and completing daily reporting to the Ministry of Health.

​CMH also thanked Campbellford’s two walk-in clinics for helping communicate test results with those who received COVID-19 swabs. CMH said it aims to provide a seamless transition with as few changes as possible to existing services.

​About the Trent Hills COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

​-The assessment centre is located in the old paramedic bay at CMH

​-Tests continue to be provided by appointment only

-Appointments can be booked by calling 705-395-1801

-The centre is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Northumberland County Paramedics continues to provide staffing support to assess and swab patients requiring a COVID-19 test

- Moving forward, results will be managed slightly differently. Only those who have a positive test result will be contacted by phone by an infection control team member.

- Residents are asked to check their results online at http://covid-19.ontario.ca/

-For help on days the assessment centre is not open, contact the local health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020 or visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News