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​​Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is closely monitoring COVID-19

No visitors are allowed, some exceptions may apply.  Send a Best Wishes card to a patient by emailing

RVH is taking aggressive action to ensure the safety of its patients and our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has implemented visitor restrictions:


• Currently, no visitors are allowed, some exceptions may apply

Have a loved one in hospital? Send them your best wishes here - these will be hand delivered to the patient's bedside. Be sure to include the patient's name and their room number, if you know it.

Most non-urgent surgeries, outpatient procedures and clinic visits are cancelled

• Vital cancer appointments will proceed as scheduled

• If you do not receive a call from RVH your appointment is not cancelled

• Use the MAIN entrance ONLY - you will be screened before entry

The Emergency entrance is for emergencies only - do not walk through the department to get to another area of the health centre
• All patients coming to the Emergency department will be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms and a medical professional will determine who needs to be tested for COVID-19
• RVH will telephone ALL patients who have been swabbed at RVH with their results - positive or negative. Please help us keep our phone lines clear - do not call RVH for your results - you will be called as soon as the results are available. Reminder - there is a backlog of tests across the province and results may be delayed. 
• Do not come to the Emergency department if you have mild symptoms - even if you have travelled recently - and you do not require immediate hospital care

If you are unwell please DO NOT visit the health centre unless seeking treatment. Self-isolate at home and call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 for further instructions.

Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre

490 Huronia Road, Barrie


• Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Before visiting an assessment centre, individuals should first seek guidance on whether it is appropriate for them to do so. Ontarians can do so by:
• Calling Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
• Calling the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
People should not go to an assessment centre unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.


At the assessment centre, you will be seen by a healthcare professional, who will provide you with the necessary care and instructions for follow up, if required.  Patients with COVID-19 symptoms will be swabbed for the virus and will be notified of their results.

Message to the Community

RVH is well-prepared to respond to COVID-19 taking all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of its patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, visitors and broader community. RVH has received confirmation of a second lab-confirmed COVID-19 case. 

Thank you to all of those in our community for offering donations of food, gift cards and beverages to support the staff at RVH. 

While these gestures are appreciated, for the safety of the public and our patients we are asking that food and other donations not be dropped off at RVH. It is important to for everyone to stay home and respect social distancing. We need to limit arrivals at RVH to those coming for acute care.

For those eager to support front-line staff at this time, please do so by making a donation to We will use these funds to support food, beverages and supplies for TEAM RVH members.

We have also received outstanding response from members of the business community who have donated unopened boxes of personal protective supplies such as masks and gloves. These donations are still being accepted and all inquiries should be made to
Click here to donate in support of TEAM RVH

Click here to make a donation

Click here to if you have supplies or services to offer

RVH News

Message to the community from Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO

These are challenging and unprecedented times. Be assured Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is taking extraordinary measures to keep our patients, staff, physicians – and our community – safe. 

Click here to read more


RVH improves access to care for
cancer patients

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). 

Click here to read more

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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. 

Click here to read


​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. 

Click here to read more


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.

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​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. 

Click here to read more

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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 24). 

Click here to read more

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​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. 

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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.

Click here to view.


​​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.

Click here to read more.


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 or
call (705) 728-9090 ext. 42319 for more information.

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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 w​alk-in clinics by clicking here.

  • To learn about when you should visit the Emergency department, click 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.