There is a new COVID-19/coronavirus assessment centre in a self-contained area inside Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (20 Lynch Street near Queen & Centre). The separate area means it won’t affect anyone coming in for the regular urgent care services at Peel Memorial.
Note that you can only get to the assessment centre via an outside entrance on the south side of Peel Memorial, with dedicated outdoor parking. On-site directions and assistance will be provided. Do not go in the main entrance.
People who should consider going to Osler’s Assessment Centre, must have any of the following:
- Has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath, trouble breathing)
- Have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days
- Have been in contact with someone that has flu-like symptoms who has travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days
- Has been in contact with someone who possibly/or is confirmed to have coronavirus.
Based on an assessment of symptoms, people can be tested for COVID-19 and receive direction for the next steps in their care.
Anyone who does not meet the above should not visit Osler’s Assessment Centre, but instead visit their family doctor, urgent care centre, or local emergency department for follow-up.
In fact, it’s extremely important not to if you do not meet one of the above criteria, because appropriate use of the Assessment Centre by patients at risk will help ensure Osler’s Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centre are best able to provide care for vulnerable patients with urgent and emergent health care issues unrelated to COVID-19.
Beyond patients attending the COVID-19 Assessment Centre, only an adult accompanying a child who is a patient, a frail older person, a person with a disability or anyone acting as an interpreter will be allowed inside the facility in order to further enhance the safety of staff and patients.
This assessment centre is a screening area for COVID-19 and will also be one of many centres in Ontario that will support the health and safety of people in the community.