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Holland Bloorview and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated as of March 27, 2020

Like all hospitals across the country, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and taking precautions to ensure the safety for all clients, families, staff, volunteers, and students as the situation progresses.

Clients and families coming to Holland Bloorview can expect some changes when they arrive to the hospital from what they are accustomed to. All precautions and measures implemented by the hospital have been put into place to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.

What precautions are being taken at Holland Bloorview?

Active screening:  All visitors to the hospital are required to be screened before entering the building. We will be asking all entrants a series of questions about their health and travel history.  Those with symptoms of any type may be re-directed.

Please allow extra time during your visit to allow for screening upon arrival.

Visitor restrictions: All clients will be limited to one pre-identified person (family caregiver or visitor) in the building per day. No visitors under the age of 16 are permitted in the hospital until further notice.

For families in Accommodations, the policy may differ slightly. Clients of family in Accommodations will be restricted to one pre-identified person on the inpatient unit per day (24 hour period), plus one pre-identified back-up who they can alternate days with.

Masking policy: Consistent with guidelines released to hospitals across Ontario, Holland Bloorview is implementing a masking policy to further protect our community from potential exposure to COVID-19. Effective March 28 at 7 a.m.  individuals required to wear a mask while onsite include:

  • All staff working directly with our inpatient clients
  • Family caregivers and visitors
  • Clients onsite for an appointment and their caregiver

We recognize that this may change may have an impact on your child’s experience. The best way to prepare your child is to discuss these changes before coming to the hospital. 

Pausing weekend passes: In accordance with Ministry guidelines, we’ve made the tough decision to pause weekend passes for our inpatient clients, starting March 27. 

Program cancellations: Out of abundance of caution and in line with overall COVID-19 prevention measures, a number of programs and services are canceled until further notice, including:

  • Ronald McDonald Playroom
  • Music and arts programming
  • All aquatics programming
  • Day-patient program
  • Community Snoezelen room bookings
  • Community conference centre and gym bookings  
  • Community recreational programs (example: wheelchair basketball)
  • Evening and weekend therapeutic recreation for community
  • Weekend day respite
  • Evening and family workshops
  • Holland Bloorview nursery schools
  • Early learning and development community outreach
  • Integrated Education Therapy
  • Persistent Concussion clinic
  • Grocery Foundation Family Resource Centre

Note: our pediatric dentistry unit is open for emergency cases only.

All clients with upcoming appointments will be contacted by their care team. To support families during the pandemic, where possible, we have moved to alternative means such as by phone or virtual care.

Please note, all appointments regularly scheduled at the Eglinton West Satellite Clinic have been moved to 150 Kilgour Road until further notice.

Volunteer programs: We are so fortunate to have passionate and dedicated volunteers that support many of the programs and services at Holland Bloorview. At this time, we have made the difficult decision to pause on our volunteer activities until further notice.

Is the Bloorview School Authority impacted by the school closure?

Following direction from the Ministry of Education, the Bloorview School Authority will be closed until further notice. 

Further information about school operations will be communicated by the Bloorview School Authority when available.

General health information

If you are feeling sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

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