William Osler Health System

Published on June 26, 2020

Osler is pleased to share an update about resuming on-site hospital services.

Following approval by Ontario Health Central Region, Osler has begun to resume some key priority on-site services in Phase 1 of their Recovery Plan, which they have been directed to cap at approximately 50% of their pre-COVID activity.

These include some surgical procedures, endoscopies, cardiac diagnostics, cardiac procedures, and diagnostic imaging.

Beginning this week and over the following weeks, Osler will reach out to patients to reschedule on-site surgeries, procedures and appointments. They will continually monitor and renew our plans while balancing our ability to respond to COVID-19.

As they have done throughout the pandemic, Osler will continue to conduct emergent and urgent surgeries and procedures, and, when possible, offer virtual care options for patients.

Our top priority in all decision-making remains the health and safety of all patients and the community, as well as staff, physicians, and volunteers. The hospital remains a safe place to receive care.

Processes such as patient, staff and (where visitation is permitted) visitor screening will remain in place. All persons entering the hospital will be screened for COVID-19, and must sanitize their hands and wear a mask as provided. In some clinical areas, further screening and precautions may also be necessary prior to a procedure or appointment.

Osler recognizes the importance of visiting loved ones in the hospital. The current visitor policy remains in effect until further notice, and virtual visitation continues to be available. Visitor restrictions will be lifted in a phased and safe approach that aligns with current Public Health trends. For the more information and to stay up to date on visitor restrictions, please visit this website here.

Osler will continuously monitor our Recovery Plan, and is committed to keeping the community informed of any changes.

Information and Questions and Answers for patients, families, and the community is located here, and they will be sending out a broader to the community this afternoon.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we all work together to support our patients and community through COVID-19.