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​​Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is closely monitoring COVID-19 and taking aggressive action to ensure the safety of its patients and our community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Email your best wishes to a patient bestwishes@rvh.on.ca 
Include:
•  Patient's name
•  Room number, if you know 
it.


ATTENTION ALL PATIENTS AND VISITORS:

• For scheduled appointments, use the MAIN entrance only where you will be screened before entry

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

Parking fees are waived until May 31, 2020

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

Emergency is for urgent medical care with no walkthrough access to the health centre

• All entrances except MAIN are closed to all visitors and patients

Emergency Department Visits

All Emergency department patients 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.

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.


Status Update

 

Status update

As of June 2 noon

Change from May 28

Current RVH inpatients with confirmed COVID-19

2

0

RVH COVID-19 related deaths

7

0

Positive inpatients to-date

20
+1

 


Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Location: 
490 Huronia Road, Barrie
Hours:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

At the assessment centre, you will be seen and assessed by a physician or nurse practitioner, who will provide you with the necessary care and treatment for your medical needs as well as instructions for self-care and follow up as required.  If you have COVID related symptoms* and meet the current public health testing criteria you will be tested and those results will be communicated directly to you when they are available. 

Symptoms include:

Difficulty breathing; fever; cough; muscle aches; fatigue; headache; sore throat and runny nose.

Additional symptoms may include hoarse voice; difficulty swallowing; loss of sense of smell or taste; diarrhea or nausea/vomiting, conjunctivitis.

For seniors, symptoms may also include chills; delirium with no other obvious reason; falls; acute functional decline; increased heart rate and decreased blood pressure. 

People who are unsure if they should visit the assessment centre should: 

• First call your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner. 
• If you do not have a Family Physician/Nurse Practitioner or your regular healthcare provider is not available, call the Barrie & Community Family Medicine - Walk-in Clinics or the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.  For clinic hours and contact information please visit: 
barriewalkinclinics.ca or Huronia Urgent Care Clinic.

• If these options are unavailable, then you should contact Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000.


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 RVHHERO.ca. 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 foundation@rvh.on.ca
 
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

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

Now it’s time to plan the resumption of some non-urgent procedures.

RVH has developed a cautious, staged ramp-up plan that protects against the spread of the virus, while staying ready to respond to unexpected COVID-19 surges.

Click here to read more

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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


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​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. 

Click here to read more

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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

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

Click here to read more.


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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 patientfamilyadvisory@rvh.on.ca 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

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MY CARE 

 

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.