COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control in COVID-19

Waypoint has a well established Infection Prevention and Control team with experience in successfully managing outbreaks. We have many safety precautions in place including:
  * suspension of visits with some exceptions - we are currently working on the gradual reintroduction of visitors - stay tuned for more information
  * screening everyone for symptoms of illness
  * isolating and testing all new admissions
  * using virtual technology and telephone for outpatient and community visits
  * adhering to public health directives and recommendations on use of personal protective equipment,
     hand hygiene, and physical distancing
  * additional housekeeping throughout our buildings
  * creation of a dedicated unit to care for suspect or positive cases of COVID-19
  * enabling staff to work from home to reduce the traffic in and out of the hospital
  * regular communications with staff, patients, families, stakeholders, partners and donors

The hospital is following the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Directive #5 related to personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as Directive #3 on our senior’s program which is specific to long-term care. 

All clinical staff are wearing masks to prevent transmission from staff to patients while full PPE is worn by staff in our senior’s program, ECT suite and for new admissions, symptomatic patients, and in the eventuality we have confirmed cases. 

We are not allowing homemade or external masks in the hospital as we cannot ensure the quality, cleanliness or use of proper hygiene practices for these products which if not done correctly can pose added risk to patients and staff.

Staff receive regular training on donning and doffing PPE and are supported by our Infection Prevention and Control team for all isolation needs.