If you have a medical emergency, Saskatchewan hospitals remain safe places to go for care, said the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
“If you feel unwell and think you require urgent or emergent care, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department. Medical professionals are there to care for you, just as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a release from the authority.
Hospital emergency departments, cancer services, and urgent and emergent medical imaging (x-ray) and surgical services continue to be provided.
Visitors, on the other hand, are not permitted in health authority-operated hospitals, clinics, community and continuing care facilities, except for compassionate reasons.
“The SHA has taken precautions to ensure a safe and protected care environment for all patients,” said the authority. “Among the steps we have implemented are enhancing screening of patients to ensure the right precautions are being taken, increased cleaning of the care environment and equipment, and limiting visitors and public use of SHA facilities.”
The authority said that emergency medical services are also taking all necessary steps to eliminate spread of the coronavirus during care. This includes proper cleaning of the ambulance and its equipment, use of proper personal protective equipment, and enhanced patient screening.