Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital – Preparing for pH1N1 Influenza

Smiths Falls, ON

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital, like most healthcare facilities, is seeing an increase in the number of patients who are suffering from influenza like illness.  In collaboration with community partners, the Hospital has been diligent in planning for this pandemic response.  The Influenza A strain that is being seen and will likely to be seen during the course of the next few weeks in our area will be pH1N1. Evidence indicates that pH1N1 has been seen to date as a mild pandemic strain. It is a respiratory illness that causes symptoms similar to those of seasonal influenza. Influenza, however, still remains a serious illness. As such all Ontario healthcare providers are maintaining vigilance, actively preventing, and planning for early treatment when patients present to hospital, their family doctor or community assessment centres. Along with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health Unit we encourage all patients to self screen at home for influenza like illness using the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care self-assessment tools available on line at www.ontario.ca/flu or www.fightflu.ca

The best way to protect yourself and stop the spread of the virus is frequent handwashing, covering your cough or sneezes with your sleeve, disinfecting surfaces and commonly used items, staying home if you are sick unless you are seeking medical treatment and taking advantage of immunization programs. Influenza like symptoms include the sudden onset of a fever of more than 38o and a new or worsening cough, sore throat, fatigue or aching muscles and/or joints. If your symptoms worsen, contact your healthcare provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Adults and children with underlying medical conditions, children under the age of 5 years, and pregnant women who develop symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

The hospital is asking that you not visit friends or family in the hospital if you are ill and that you limit visitation when at all possible to 2 persons per in-patient and a maximum of one person to accompany patients to the Emergency Department.  As the situation changes, the Hospital may have to fully restrict visitation except in palliative care situations.

Information about our community response to pandemic influenza can be found on the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark website at www.healthunit.org . The hospital website has a direct link to the Public Health Agency of Canada at www.psfdh.on.ca .

For more information contact:

Linda Bisonette
VP Patient Care Services, CNE
Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
613-283-2330 ext:1110
lbisonette@psfdh.on.ca
www.psfdh.on.ca

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33 Drummond Street West
Perth, ON K7H 2K1
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60 Cornelia Street West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 2H9
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