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The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) has taken additional measures to ensure that patients impacted by COVID-19 can access the proper services for testing, and treatment.

As part of its plan to manage COVID-19 for the long-term, protect the most vulnerable and preserve hospital capacity, the Ontario government recently announced:

Testing

Following the testing guidance from the Ministry of Health, patients who meet the testing criteria can obtain a PCR test at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Park.

Brewer Park Testing Centre

Ages: Anyone 18+ years old

Hours: Every day: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Services provided: Do-It-Yourself Test Kit distribution and collection by appointment only and very limited walk-up testing.

Book an appointment online or call 613-737-8193 Location: 151 Brewer Way, Ottawa

Assessment

As per provincial guidance, patients should book an appointment at the TOH Clinical Assessment Centre if they know or suspect that they have COVID-19 and they:

  • Have been directed by their primary care provider or other health care professional; or
  • Are unable to safely monitor their symptoms at home; or
  • Are at high risk of progression to severe disease, unvaccinated, immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions a, where they may qualify for important therapies to reduce the risk

TOH Clinical Assessment Centre

Ages: Anyone 18+ years old

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Services provided: Physician assessment, basic diagnostic tests, such as chest x-ray, ECGs and basic bloodwork, as well as referrals to IV therapy and antivirals.

613-798-5555 ext. 19507

Location: 1081 Carling Avenue, Suite 601

Patients are asked to bring a list of their medication and a list of any important medical conditions to their appointment for a clinical assessment.

Please note narcotics will not be prescribed at this clinic.

If patients have one or more of the following symptoms, they should immediately call 911 or go to the emergency department:

  • Severe difficulty breathing (struggling for each breath, can only speak in single words)
  • Severe chest pain (constant tightness or crushing sensation)
  • Feeling confused or unsure of where you are losing consciousness

Treatment

The TOH outpatient COVID-19 Therapeutics Clinic was set up on direction from Ontario Health to provide access to antiviral treatments for patients with COVID-19 at higher risk of progressing to hospitalization and/or death.

Who is eligible for antiviral treatment for COVID-19?

High-risk individuals, unvaccinated, immunocompromised or those who have underlying medical conditions may be eligible. A patient’s risk of serious illness is determined based on a combination of their health, age, and vaccination status, based on an assessment from a health care provider. Refer to the Ontario COVID-19 website for details regarding the eligibility criteria. Patients should speak to a health care provider to assess their eligibility. They can also use screener.

Treatment for antivirals must be started within five-seven days (depending on treatment) of when the patient’s symptoms began. Adults who are part of higher risk groups and who have COVID-19 symptoms (even if mild) should immediately seek testing and care by contacting their family doctor. If patients do not have a family doctor or are unable to access those services, they can book an appointment at a nearby clinical assessment centre, including the TOH Clinical Assessment Centre, or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 as soon as possible.

If you meet the risk criteria for treatment with Paxlovid, your referring provider can submit a prescription to a participating pharmacy. If you require a different antiviral medication, a physician assessment form is required to verify eligibility. The form is available for all physicians and can be sent to our clinic through fax at 613-739-6751. For primary care providers, it is also available through the Ocean eReferral platform.

It is important to note that a medication safety review is required prior to the provision of any therapeutics.  A health care provider, often with a pharmacist, will decide if any changes to your regular medications are necessary before safely taking a COVID-19 treatment. Please note the assessment process may take up to a couple of days.

TOH Outpatient COVID-19 Therapeutics Clinic

Ages: Anyone 18+ years old

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Services provided: Physician assessment, IV therapy and antivirals treatments.

Physician assessment form required (see above instructions)

Location: TOH Civic Campus, located at 1053 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

Additional information regarding Covid-19 treatments is available for providers.

Last updated on: April 27th, 2022