Welcome to Royal Victoria
Regional Health Centre
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), located in Barrie, Ontario, provides safe, high-quality care for residents across a large geographical region including Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. The area is home to more than 450,000 residents, with half of RVH's patients living outside the City of Barrie.
As the largest health centre in North Simcoe Muskoka, RVH provides highly specialized services, and technology not found anywhere else in the region. This includes the only interventional radiology suites for minimally invasive surgeries, vascular services, advanced stroke care, as well as dedicated trauma rooms in its large Emergency department. RVH is also home to the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program, Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Program and the RVH Regional Renal Program meaning distance is no longer a factor for residents receiving lifesaving treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the novel conornavirus (COVID-19) a global health emergency. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) continues to monitor the situation closely. Although the risk in Ontario remains low, RVH has already put protocols in place and is working with healthcare partners, including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, to ensure the region is prepared.
RVH is very well prepared, mobilized and ready to respond. We screen patients at all care entry points, our IPAC protocols and procedures are robust, we have ample personal protective equipment and negative pressure rooms to contain the virus, and our hand hygiene rates are among the highest in the province.
What you should do
If you have a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness (cough and feeling unwell) AND have travelled from one of the impacted areas in the past 14 days or have been in close contact with a person who travelled to an impacted area and is unwell, you should be assessed by a healthcare provider. If at all possible, make sure to call ahead to let them know you're coming so that infection control measures can be put in place. Impacted areas include China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
How you can protect yourself
There is no vaccine for this new virus, however you can protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water is unavailable. You can help to reduce the spread of respiratory infections such as coronavirus by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing and by staying home when you are sick.
SPECIAL NOTE: RVH has been notified of a number of phishing scams circulating via text, email and social media. One message says there is a confirmed case and asks you to click on a link for more information. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. The other scam is posing as the World Health Organization. Neither are valid.
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RVH honours its own
for years of service RVH staff and physicians recently gathered to recognize and celebrate their
colleagues for years of service and outstanding commitment to the health centre.
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RVH's Website is getting an
RVH’s website is one of many ongoing initiatives
to ensure communication to our patients and visitors is consistent and
representative of the high-quality care we provide.
We are beginning the process of developing a new
website and are interested in your feedback to help guide this
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RVH improves access to care for
RVH improves access to care for cancer patients
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) has increased access to care for cancer patients requiring radiation therapy
with the addition of a fourth radiation machine, called a linear accelerator (LINAC).
|||RVH opens clinics at Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre |
RVH is improving access to care for residents of Innisfil and south Barrie with the opening of several outpatient clinics at Innisfil’s new Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre. The Rizzardo clinics are an important first step in RVH’s long-term, graduated plan to bring healthcare closer to home for residents of south Simcoe County.
When and where to get healthcare this holiday
RVH wants you and your family to plan ahead in the event of an illness over the holidays.Many family physician offices are closed over the holidays and walk-in clinics have modified schedules which can cause Emergency Department (ED) volumes to be higher and wait times longer than usual.
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RVH selects site designs
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre's (RVH) Board of Directors has approved the designs for the proposed north campus expansion and the future south campus. The design choices come after two years of consultation with staff, physicians, patients and the community, as well as extensive data and population analysis.
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Allergy alert at RVH
At RVH, safety is our promise and that includes ensuring our workplace is safe for our patients, employees, physicians and volunteers. That's why, effective immediately, RVH is banning poinsettia plants in the health centre, including Rotary Place.
Due to a life-threatening allergy of one of our team members we are introducing this mandatory ban. Any poinsettias currently in the building have been safely removed.
Members of the public are asked to not bring poinsettias to the health centre. Members of staff and our volunteers will remind visitors of this restriction throughout the holiday season.
No tricks, all treats this Halloween as RVH Auxiliary completes its $2 million Hearts & Minds pledge
Lise McCourt, president, RVH Auxiliary, presented the final installment of $200,000 which took the original pledge over the finish line. Hard work, determination and a strong community presence were at the forefront of the massively successful campaign, with funds supporting RVH’s Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program and the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program.
RVH prepares for flu season to protect patient safety
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is once
again making influenza immunization more convenient for staff, physicians,
volunteers and students by offering the flu shot within the workplace.
Flu vaccines are available for members of TEAM RVH
within the health centre during the five-week campaign (October 21 to November
RVH announces VP after extensive search
After a nation-wide search, RVH is pleased to announce Elizabeth (Liz) Ferguson as RVH’s Vice President Patient Programs, Flow & Chief Nursing Executive (CNE). She will join the organization in early January, 2020.
RVH releases its annual report to the community
RVH's 2019 edition of Vitalsigns, our annual report, is now available. Through a partnership
with Metroland Media (Barrie Advance) our annual report will be distributed to
65,000 homes in Simcoe Muskoka.
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RVH awarded highest performance rating from Accrediation Canada
RVH has once again been awarded the highest possible performance designation from Accreditation Canada – Accredited with Exemplary Standing.
The decision follows a four-day visit in early-February by external Accreditation Canada surveyors during which every aspect of the RVH's programs, policies and practices were carefully assessed.
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RVH seeks Patient & Family Advisors
Are you interested in becoming an RVH Patient Family Advisor? RVH is currently accepting applications from interested candidates for a number of councils.
Click here for the application form
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (705) 728-9090 ext. 42319 for more information.
Are you experiencing a non-urgent health issue?
RVH is experiencing extremely high volumes of patients in its Emergency department. If your health concern is not urgent, a visit to your family doctor or a community walk-in clinic may be a more appropriate, quicker option for you. View a list of walk-in clinics by clicking here.
RVH has launched its dynamic new Strategic Plan. Shaped by the voices of over 3,000 people who care about the future of healthcare in our region, this plan will act as a roadmap to guide RVH over the next five to seven years.
Led by a relentless commitment to safety and quality, with an eye to advancing innovation, learning and research, RVH will accelerate to the next level of excellence - raising the bar to bring exceptional care close to home for residents throughout Simcoe Muskoka.
It is a plan rooted in a philosophy we call MY CARE. RVH has put a stake in the ground and said every patient has a right to expect the best possible experience in our health centre. Always. Every day. And without exception. And that laser-like focus on our patients and their families will ensure we not only meet their needs, but exceed their expectations. They will be partners in their care and involved in planning and decision-making every step of their healthcare journey.
Our vision is bold, our focus is clear and our plan is achievable.