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COVID-19 Patients From Windsor Essex Long Term Care Homes Being Moved To Field Hospital

Friday April 17th, 2020, 9:27am


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Windsor Regional Hospital is set to open its 100-bed field hospital at St. Clair College for COVID-19 patients Saturday, and the field hospital will be initially used for residents of local long-term-care and retirement homes who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Hospital officials say the goal is to provide a specialized setting where residents being transferred from long-term care and retirement homes can be provided with the best care.

“This decision allows us to remove these LTC residents away from the outbreak to the Sportsplex facility where they can receive safe medical care by WRH staff, while at the same time protecting those that remain in the facility, including staff at the home,” said WRH President and CEO David Musyj.

Officials say the first group of patients transferred to the field hospital will come from Heron Terrace in East Windsor.  They say Essex-Windsor EMS will be providing transport for the patients.  Hospital officials say other long-term care home residents with COVID-19 will then be moved to the field hospital.

“This plan will allow us to continue to provide our residents with the care that they need and deserve, and assist in our battle to stem the spread of COVID-19,” stated Amy Sworik, Administrator, Heron Terrace. “I cannot be more proud of our staff at Heron Terrace. Together with the Windsor Regional Hospital team we will be better able to protect both our residents and staff.”

“I have been involved in the preparation and operation of many field hospitals. I can inform you what the team has assembled here is more than that. It is in impressive clinical facility that along with our clinical and non- clinical teams will provide exceptional care for our most vulnerable population,” said Dr. Paul Bradford, Trauma Lead and Emergency Department physician at Windsor Regional Hospital, and Senior Area Medical Officer, SW Ontario Area Field Operations, Veteran Affairs Canada.

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