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Ramp down of elective surgeries and procedures at QHC hospitals
Ramp down of elective surgeries and procedures at QHC hospitals
Ontario Health has issued a directive for all Ontario hospitals, including Quinte Health Care (QHC) hospitals, to ramp down all elective surgeries and non-emergent procedures by April 12th at 12:01 a.m. in order to preserve critical care and human resource capacity given the increasing case counts and widespread community transmission of COVID-19. A small number of operating rooms at QHC Belleville General Hospital will remain available for pre-scheduled high-priority and urgent cases.   The Day Surgery programs at QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH) will only continue for priority
New Virtual Urgent Care Pilot
With funding from the Ministry of Health and in collaboration with Lennox and Addington County General Hospital, Quinte Health Care (QHC) has launched a pilot that enables potential emergency department (ED) patients to receive virtual care if they meet certain criteria. Rather than going to the ED, they fill out an online form on the QHC website, submit it, and a clerk responds back with an appointment time to connect virtually with a physician or nurse practitioner. Booking clerks are available Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm to schedule the appointments. Appointments take place via video or audio.
QHC Enhances Precautions
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our communities, across Ontario and throughout Canada, Quinte Health Care (QHC) is enhancing precautions to protect staff, patients and care partners. Effective Thursday, April 1st, QHC is moving back to PHASE 3 (RED) of its Care Partner and Visiting Policy. Details can be found on the Visiting page of the QHC website – www.qhc.on.ca. “The COVID-19 variants of concern are highly transmissible and pose a real threat to our vulnerable patients and staff,” said Dr. Colin MacPherson, Quinte Health Care’s Chief of Staff. “By reducing the flow
A Year of COVID at Quinte Health Care
One year ago, on March 23, 2020, Quinte Health Care (QHC) admitted its first COVID-19 patient. Our teams had been on standby since early February when Canadian citizens were repatriated from China and began quarantining at CFB Trenton. If any of these citizens needed hospital-level medical care, we would be ready to receive them. At that point, we were still referring to the deadly virus as Novel Coronavirus (the World Health Organization didn’t name it COVID-19 until February 11th), and Canada had, so far, only seen a few cases. Luckily, as we waited with bated breath, none of the
Spotlight Physician - Dr. Francesco Barnabi
Each month, QHC celebrates two physicians for their excellent contributions. Dr. Francesco Barnabi was chosen for his respectfulness and compassion, and for really taking the time to address his patients' concerns.  Learn more about Dr. Barnabi:  
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