SLMHC opens COVID-19 Assessment Centre
Tim Brody - Editor
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) has opened a dedicated COVID-19 Assessment Centre to, “provide people with an assessment by a health-care provider and offer a test for COVID-19 if required.”
Created through partnerships with the Ministry of Health, Northwestern Health Unit and Ontario Health North, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located in the parking lot at the hospital’s main entrance, is by appointment only.
The health centre shared that walk-in appointments will not be permitted for safety reasons.
“Individuals who are concerned about their symptoms are still encouraged to call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or the Northwestern Health Unit (1-800-830-5978) for an over-the-phone assessment. Both of these partners in health can refer individuals to the Centre, but individuals can also call the Assessment Centre directly at 737-5880 to be screened and, if necessary, receive an appointment for an in-person or drive-thru assessment,” SLMHC shared.
The Assessment Centre, which opened on March 27, will be operating Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Assessments for COVID-19 will be conducted by nurses who will provide recommendations to patients regarding self-monitoring, self-isolation and/or treatment.
“People who do not have COVID-19 symptoms will not be seen at the Assessment Centre and will be redirected as appropriate. More information about symptoms and COVID-19 can be found online at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
“As with any medical emergency, if you need immediate medical attention, please call 911 or report to SLMHC’s Emergency Department,” the health centre concluded.
People can stay up to date on SLMHC announcements and make use of COVID-19 resources it is providing such as printable posters from Public Health Ontario and Oji-Cree Syllabics Information Sheets at www.slmhc.on.ca.