Mask requirements changed at Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills hospitals

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Published June 19, 2023 at 4:53 pm

It is no longer mandatory for staff, physicians and volunteers to wear a mask during at Halton Healthcare facilities including the three hospitals – Georgetown Hospital, Milton District Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. INHALTON.COM

Masks are no longer mandatory at hospitals in Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

Halton Healthcare made the announcement recently that it is entering what it calls the “final phase” of a mask-friendly approach.

As of June 14, it is no longer mandatory for staff, physicians and volunteers to wear a mask during direct patient encounter at the Georgetown Hospital, Milton District Hospital and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

Staff, physicians and volunteers will return to using an infection prevention and control Point-of-Care Risk Assessment to determine the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that is required.

The will consider each individual scenario, including the patient, environment and circumstances to assess what PPE they need to wear.

“The Point-of-Care Risk Assessment is a routine practice that healthcare providers use to help prevent the spread of infections,” said Cindy McDonell, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Halton Healthcare. “In this case the risk assessment is used for the selection of appropriate PPE, including face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns.

“For example, if a patient is coughing or experiencing respiratory symptoms, healthcare providers will wear a mask and eye protection when caring for the patient.”

Anyone who wishes continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. Face mask dispensers will still be available at all main entrances and at care stations at the three hospitals.

Visitors coming to Halton Healthcare facilities are encouraged to continue standard self-screening questions and sanitize their hands.

Patients with a fever or respiratory symptoms coming to the Emergency Department or outpatient appointments will be required to wear a mask.

Halton Healthcare said it will continue to monitor respiratory illness in its hospitals and communities and will make changes to masking policies as needed.

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