William Osler Health System (Osler), which operates COVID-19 testing centres such as the one at Brampton’s at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, is moving both Testing Centres to indoor locations, starting the week of December 7.

With winter approaching, Osler said in a statement that it is relocating the testing centres indoors to ensure the health, safety and comfort of patients and staff, as well as the continuity of its testing efforts throughout the colder months.

The Brampton Testing Centre at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex will move to Osler’s Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness on December 10, while the Etobicoke Testing Centre will move to Osler’s Etobicoke General Hospital on December 8.

Both Testing Centres will continue to serve those who have appointments and meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing.

“Drive-thru testing centres require significant outdoor infrastructure to mitigate the impact of weather, and moving these services indoors will ensure that patients and staff have a safe and comfortable environment as the harsher winter weather approaches,” said Kiki Ferrari, Chief Operations Officer, William Osler Health System. “Testing remains a key aspect of Osler’s COVID-19 response and it is important to us to ensure continued access for our community throughout the course of this pandemic.”

Osler’s Testing Centres, which will no longer operate as a drive-though model at the new locations, will be situated in self-contained areas of both hospital sites to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Both Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General provide dedicated spaces for testing and as a result, the new testing centres will not impact other inpatient and outpatient services at either site.

The moves to these new locations may prove to be temporary as Osler continues to work with community partners to secure larger indoor spaces that are suitable for COVID-19 testing over the longer term.

Visit www.williamoslerhs.ca/coronavirus for more information.