May 22 – Resuming surgeries, procedures and ambulatory care services
On May 19, the Ontario government kicked off the first stage of reopening the province. Although this stage includes some health services, there are still a number of criteria hospitals must meet before we can resume scheduled surgeries as per the province’s framework to assess hospital readiness, called A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. These criteria were developed to ensure our patients’ safety during this pandemic.
TEN GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK
May 28, 2020 – We know that living and working through COVID-19 is tough, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the wonderful things that are happening at our sites – and for our people – along the way.
Why you should keep your virtual appointment with your family doctor
May 27, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in empty streets and public spaces, and to the concern of family doctors, empty doctors’ offices and emergency departments.
Unity Health Toronto doctors Karen Weyman and Daphne Williams are here to tell you that not only are family doctors very much available to safely see their patients, but that delaying or skipping a necessary appointment could be damaging to your health.
How to stay active at home
May 26, 2020 – With many of us staying home more to practice physical distancing, it has changed a lot of our daily routines. One area some find challenging is making sure they stay active with gyms and recreation centres closed. Our experts at Unity Health Toronto gave us some tips on how to maintain – or start – a physical activity regimen from home.
Our research changes lives for populations experiencing disadvantage
May 22, 2020 – More than 130 research teams across Unity Health are examining the biology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and impact of COVID-19.
How to prepare meals with non-perishable items
A MESSAGE TO PARENTS FROM A PEDIATRICIAN AND RESEARCHER: “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”
May 12, 2020 – A study led by St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is trying to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and their families.
Video calling service helps patients and families stay connected during COVID-19 pandemic
May 11, 2020 – Becoming first time parents at the start of a worldwide pandemic is stressful enough. Add to it the need for your baby to receive care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for several weeks with only one parent allowed to visit and you can start to understand what Aziza Shiule and her husband were dealing with earlier this year. To help support families like Aziza’s stay connected to their loved ones in hospital, Unity Health implemented a video calling service across all its sites.
‘IT MADE ME FEEL SAFE’ – A PATIENT’S EXPERIENCE AT THE ED DURING COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people may have fears about seeking medical attention at hospitals – that they might expose themselves to the virus, or be an unnecessary burden on the health system. Paravaneh Laraya learned those fears aren’t necessary.
GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT FROM OUR COMMUNITY
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, our teams at Unity Health Toronto are working to ensure we are prepared to support our patients and keep everyone inside and around our hospitals safe.
April 3, 2020: Adapting practices to protect expecting parents, newborns