COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Vaccine: COVID-19 vaccines are not available to the general public at this time. Eligible priority populations in East Toronto can click here for information on how to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you live outside of East Toronto, please go to www.vaccineto.ca to find a vaccine clinic nearest to you.

COVID-19 Testing: Appointments for our COVID-19 Assessment Centre can be booked online using our booking tool. To view a list of temporary COVID-19 testing sites in East Toronto, click here. 

 

COVID-19 Service Changes

Last updated: April 14, 2021

On April 8, 2021, Ontario hospitals including Michael Garron Hospital were directed to ramp down elective surgeries and other non-emergent/non-urgent clinical activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ramp down came into effect on Monday, April 12.  

The provincial government will continuously monitor this ramp down with a goal to resume surgical capacity and other deferred services as soon as safely possible.

The health and safety of our patients and community is our top priority. Please see below for service changes at MGH as a result of this directive.

EFFECTIVE April 12, 2021 THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE CANCELLED OR CHANGED: 

DIAGNOSTICS:

  • Reduction of non-urgent Diagnostic Imaging services
  • Walk-in X-ray services are not available
  • Sleep Lab is cancelled until further notice

Mental Health and Substance Use:

In accordance with provincial guidelines, non-urgent services in the Mental Health and Substance Use Program are being temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Cancelled services include:

  • Day Treatment (Psychoeducational Group, individual therapy and monthly outings)
  • Aftercare (Education, social/recreational activities, life skills, prevocational evaluation and counseling)

 

PEDIATRICS & FAMILY BIRTHING CENTRE:

  • Many of our outpatient clinics have been moved to virtual visits or have been postponed. Urgent in-person clinic visits are taking place for pediatric ophthalmology, bloodwork, cardiology and urgent care clinics.   
  • MGH is not able to care for children requiring an inpatient admission to our pediatric unit at this time; however, our Emergency Department remains open to treat and assess children. If a child requires admission to hospital, they will be transferred to SickKids.
  • Our Special Care Nursery remains open.
  • All prenatal and postnatal classes are taking place virtually.

SURGERY:

In accordance with provincial guidelines, non-urgent and elective surgeries are cancelled due to COVID-19. You will be contacted by your surgeon’s office if your surgery is affected.

Cancelled services include: 

  • Ophthalmology
  • Bariatric
  • Plastics & Hand
  • Orthopaedic (exceptions made for trauma cases)
  • Thoracic (exceptions made for select cancer cases)
  • Gynaecology (exceptions made for select cancer cases)
    • Please note that the Colposcopy Clinic remains open for emergent appointments.
  • ENT/Otolaryngology 
  • Urology
    • Please note that the Urology Out-patient Unit remains open for emergent appointments.
  • Endoscopy
    • Please note that Endoscopy remains open for emergent appointments.

Attempts will be made to contact patients to re-schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

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