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Services Continue to Ramp Up at HPHA
July 27, 2020

We are pleased to continue to ramp up services that had been postponed due to COVID-19. Please note that care will first be provided to patients with urgent health needs.

Our most recent submission has been approved and will cover the time period July 27 – August 23, 2020.

  • This submission includes Imaging and Surgical Services which are approved regionally.All other services are reviewed and approved by the Oversight Committee on a weekly basis (not restricted to a submission period).

Going forward we will highlight the approvals in two separate streams: Regional Approval and Oversight Committee Approval.

Regional Approval: Imaging & Surgical Services

Timeline Areas of Focus
July 27 to August 23, 2020 Maintenance of volumes previously submitted
June 29 to July 26, 2020 Increase in volumes of Surgical Services and Imaging previously approved
June 8 to June 29, 2020 Surgical Services (based on medical review)
Operating room and Surgical Ambulatory Care cases

Imaging (based on medical review)
CT Scans - Stratford General Hospital
MRI - Stratford Genera Hospital
Ultrasound - All sites
X-ray - Stratford General Hospital 

Oversight Committee Approval: All Other Outpatient Clinics

Start Date Clinic
Week of July 27, 2020 YAG Laser Clinic (Eye Treatment) - Stratford General Hospital 
Orthopedic Clinic - Stratford General Hospital
Hand Therapy - Stratford General Hospital

All other clinics approved in previous submissions will continue

September 2020 (TBD) Well Baby, Well Children Screening Program - Huron Perth Public Health - Stratford General Hospital 
July 13 to July 26, 2020 Antenatal Clinic - Stratford General Hospital 
Nephrology Clinic - Stratford General Hospital
Ontario Breast Screening Program - Stratford General Hospital
Bone Mineral Densitometry - Clinton Public Hospital & Stratford General Hospital
June 29 to July 12, 2020 Pulmonary Function Tests - Stratford General Hospital
Diabetes Education Clinic - St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital, Stratford General Hospital (Virtual Visits when possible)
Echocardiogram - Stratford General Hospital
MIBI (Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Test) - Stratford General Hospital
June 8 to June 29, 2020 EMG Clinic - Stratford General Hospital 

In ramping up services, we are following clear direction from Ontario Health. Key considerations to being approved include:

  • The need to ensure that we maintain bed availability in the event of a second wave of COVID-19, specifically ensuring 10% of our acute care capacity is immediately available;
  • The importance of ensuring that we have the necessary PPE and medications to support ongoing activity;
  • The relative incidence of COVID-19 in our communities, including in congregate care settings such as Long-Term Care Homes and Retirement Homes;
  • Staffing availability, particularly in light of the fact that we continue to need to deploy staff to activities such as screening and swab collection.

Planning for Regional Approval (Imaging and Surgical services) has been modified from 2-week to 4-week blocks, which will give us the opportunity to increase services in a thoughtful and sustained manner.

  • Our next regional submission will cover the time period August 24 – September 20, 2020

 Our Oversight Committee is charged with coordinating these plans, and this group is not only engaged in the HPHA’s plans, it is also involved regionally to ensure our plans align and that the populations we serve have equitable access to care and treatment.

These have been challenging times for everyone and the HPHA appreciates the impacts that our reduced services have had on the quality of life of those we support. As such, it is exciting to be in a position to increase access to care. Patients will be contacted directly for scheduled procedures. Regretfully, we will not be functioning at full capacity in the immediate short-term. As we have been throughout the pandemic, we will continue to regularly assess people waiting for care and treatment to ensure those most in need receive the necessary care.

Click here for some frequently asked questions and answers about our Service Ramp Up.