LHSC continues to provide urgent and emergency care during COVID-19 pandemic


For Immediate Release:
May 1, 2020

LONDON, Ontario – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is still providing urgent and emergency care to patients in London and surrounding area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential hospital services including the emergency departments remain open.

Physical distancing does not mean avoiding the hospital if you have a serious health concern. If you or your loved one is experiencing an emergency or serious medical injury call 911 immediately or go to an Emergency Department.

Please know that the hospital is a safe place to come for urgent and emergency care needs. Patients with a suspected case of COVID-19 are separated from other patients, and a number of protocols are followed to protect the health and safety of all staff, physicians, and patients.

Dr. Christie MacDonald, Interim Chief, Emergency Medicine at LHSC and Dr. Rod Lim, Medical Director, Paediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital, are available between 11am and noon today to speak with media about the importance of seeking emergency care during COVID-19 and what patients can expect when they arrive at the hospital. Please contact Mandy Gelinas to arrange an interview time.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 145 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 70 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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For media inquiries contact:
Mandy Gelinas
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 75157

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