Information for Ottawa Hospital patients and visitors
Major changes have taken place at The Ottawa Hospital to protect staff and patients during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
If you have a fever or cough and have either returned from international travel in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, do not go to the Emergency Department. Go to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre.
If you are having a medical emergency, go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 911.
Information about COVID-19 the Assessment Centre (Ottawa Public Health)
Access to the Hospital for Patients
Access to The Ottawa Hospital for patients is now restricted to a small number of entrances at each site. Please follow signage posted onsite and be prepared to be screened on arrival for symptoms, travel history and contact history.
The Ottawa Hospital is currently in full visitor restrictions as part of the hospital’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
In full restrictions, visitors will not be permitted at The Ottawa Hospital, with the exception of Essential Care Partners or paid support workers.
Care teams will work with families regarding visits for exceptional circumstances on a compassionate and equitable basis.
Please call the hospital at 613-722-7000 and ask to be transferred to the appropriate unit to discuss the situation with your care team if:
- Your loved one is receiving end-of-life care
- You have an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- If you or your partner are planning to give birth at The Ottawa Hospital. For more information about Having a Baby at The Ottawa Hospital during COVID Precautions please visit our patient and visitor restriction page.
Please check the visiting the hospital page ahead of every visit for any updates to The Ottawa Hospital’s visitor policy.
Do not come to The Ottawa Hospital for any appointment, test or procedure if you have a fever, new or worsening cough, or any other symptoms of respiratory illness.
The hospital has postponed non-urgent surgeries, procedures, and outpatient programming and clinics. If your appointment has been cancelled, hospital staff will call you to tell you and answer any questions you have about your care.
Surgeries, procedures, and outpatient programming and clinics to be postponed are being selected on a set of consistent and equitable criteria to carefully consider the health-care needs of our patients while maintaining their safety.
Reducing activity in operating rooms and other areas of the hospital allows the hospitals to be ready to take on potential COVID-19 cases, as the situation continues to evolve.
If you have questions, please call your clinic or care team.
COVID-19 testing before a surgery
Patients who are scheduled for a non-urgent surgery that requires a general anesthetic are asked to complete a COVID-19 test 72 hours before their surgery. Similar protocols are being adopted by hospitals across the region.
If you require a COVID-19 test before your surgery, your surgical care team will advise you and provide you with additional information about getting tested.
Masks for outpatients and visitors
Patients who are coming to the hospital for appointments and visitors will be provided with a disposable mask when they enter the hospital. Patients and visitors may also choose to wear their own cloth masks from home.
The Ottawa Hospital has taken this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution. Masks help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, when important measures such as physical distancing are not possible.
Important information about properly and safely wearing a mask.
Do you want to help us?
While our community continues to rally, our very own healthcare workers continue to gear up each day, standing alongside our patients during this difficult time.
Together, we’ll take care of each other.
If you have personal protective equipment that you would like to donate to hospitals and health-care services in our region, please send an email to COVIDDonations@toh.ca. All donated equipment will be assessed and then distributed to hospitals and health-care services in the region as needs arise.
News about The Ottawa Hospital’s COVID-19 response
- Ottawa area hospitals postpone non-urgent surgeries, procedures and programming to prepare for COVID-19 March 17, 2020
- Ottawa area hospitals restrict visitor access to protect patients and staff members March 16, 2020
- Ottawa’s first COVID-19 Assessment Centre opens today March 13, 2020
Staff at The Ottawa Hospital are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone in the hospital safe.
Learn more about what you can expect when you arrive at the General, Civic or Riverside campuses.
Thank you for helping us protect everyone in the hospital!
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Last updated on: February 26th, 2021