Ottawa’s first COVID-19 clinic opens Monday


Ottawa’s first COVID-19 clinic will open on Monday in west Ottawa.

The clinic will be located at D. Aubrey Moodie School on Moodie Drive and will be staffed by staff from the Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

The Medical Director of Emergency Management at the Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Andrew Willmore, told reporters Thursday afternoon that the clinic will operate as a place of treatment for people with respiratory symptoms and reduce pressure on the hospital’s emergency services.

“Symptoms of respiratory disease include coughing, fever and other cold-like symptoms,” said Dr. Willmore.

“This service is for all patients with fever and respiratory symptoms, and you do not need to meet the COVID test criteria to receive treatment. “

The COVID-19 care clinic is an assessment center that will be run as an emergency care clinic, an outpatient assessment with diagnostic capabilities. He will be able to see up to 200 patients a day.

“This will further protect our emergency departments and also reduce the pressure on family physicians’ offices,” said Dr. Willmore.

Dr. Willmore told reporters that some area medical offices have reported difficulty maintaining their clinics due to the number of patients requiring “droplet precautions”, which require specialized equipment and protocols.

The clinic is different from the COVID-19 Community Assessment Center at Brewer Arena, which will continue to perform COVID-19 swab tests on patients who meet the criteria.

A second healthcare clinic, managed by the Montreal Hospital, is also ready to open if necessary.

Ottawa Public Health has reported 242 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa.


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