Medical grade masks are in short supply province-wide, but they're essential for frontline workers at CCH. We have enough medical grade masks for today, but you can help us prepare for tomorrow. The virus can be transmitted even when no symptoms of illness are recognized. Wearing a non-medical mask is another way to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to staff or patients.
If you're coming to CCH and you have a non-medical mask, please wear it when you arrive.
How can you help Preserve PPE when arriving at CCH?
Why wear a non-medical mask? If you don't have a mask, frontline staff will provide you with one at CCH's entrance.
"Wearing a non-medical mask is an additional measure that you can take to protect others around you".~ Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer
It is important to understand that facial coverings (and non-medical masks) have limitations and need to be used safely.
To learn more about non-medical masks, please visit the following trusted links:Health CanadaEastern Ontario Health Unit
What To Know Before You Go To The Hospital
To find out all the information about your stay at Cornwall Community Hospital including parking, accessibility, patient rights and responsibilities and much more, please view our patient handbook. A hardcopy of the handbook, which is yours to keep, will be made available at your bedside.
CCH is a scent safe environment for all individuals who may be sensitive to scented products. Because of the serious effects scented products have on some of our staff, patients and volunteers we want to create an awareness of the potential hazards associated with the wearing and the use of scented products.
Like many healthcare providers in the province the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) continues to focus on getting the right patient in the right bed at the right time. CCH has implemented a number of initiatives to improve their focus on improving the patient experience by improving the process to expedite a patient getting into a bed they can call their own within hospital. These six initiatives will minimize the number of empty beds and unnecessary room transfers, decrease costs and maximize patients’ healthcare time.
1. Resource Meetings
Clinical leaders are meeting twice daily and reviewing bed information to ensure no stone is left unturned when trying to find patients a bed to call their own.
2. Early Identification of Patient Discharges
On a regular basis staff review patients who are fit enough to be discharged as we try to always have empty beds for new patients.
3. Infection Control Cohorting of Patients
To contain infections and use beds efficiently we admit patients with the same type of isolation in the same ward room.
4. All-Gendering of Patient Rooms
Patients will be placed in rooms based on availability, illness, etc. All-gender rooms are used to minimize the number of empty beds and unnecessary room transfers, decrease costs and maximize patients’ healthcare time.
5. Discharging Patients to Chairs
The health care team works with the patient and their family to plan for their discharge home from the hospital. This planning should occur from the time the patient is admitted.
We expect that all patients should leave by 10:00. Once it is determined that the patient can be discharged, he/she will be asked to sit in a chair (should there be a need to wait for a family member or transportation) while housekeeping prepares the room for the next patient.
6. Admitting Patients to Hallway Bed Spaces on Inpatient Units Until a Room Space Becomes Available
Unfortunately, sometimes the number of patients needing a bed does not match up with the number of beds we have. CCH staff will place patients in hallways when our occupancy exceeds the number of inpatient beds available. We will work to the best of our ability to ensure each patient has a bed.
These six initiatives may not be conducted in order, as it will depend on each individual’s situation and best pathway to care.
CCH staff will work as fast as possible to find a bed for each patient. Wait times for a bed depend upon availability, the number of patients currently admitted to the hospital, and several other factors. CCH staff will be sure to keep patients informed of the process.
Patient safety and security are always in consideration when placing individuals in a room with another patient. If patients feel their safety or security is threatened, they are encouraged speak to their healthcare provider.
If you have any questions regarding our patient flow initiatives, please contact CCH at 613-938-4240.
Patient and caregiver experience advisors
Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991 (16 years and up)