What EHN Canada Is Doing to Protect Our Patients From Coronavirus COVID-19

We know that COVID-19 has caused or worsened a host of mental health conditions for many Canadians, and while the best treatment may be inpatient treatment, we offer a variety of options to help, including a strong virtual outpatient program as well for those who absolutely cannot come to our facility.

EHN Canada places top priority on the health of its patients and staff. We go beyond standard protocols to ensure that necessary screening and prevention measures are in place so that our facilities are as safe as possible from coronavirus COVID-19 exposure. Patients continue to be supported wholeheartedly in their recovery.

We continue to work regularly with local Public Health Departments to ensure the following Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures are optimized. We follow best practices at each facility in accordance with local health regulations and we continuously monitor them for updates, improving our protocols accordingly. 

These measures are currently in effect at Bellwood, with some additionally being rolled out across all of our treatment facilities, as they are required by local Public Health regulation. If you have any questions, please call our team at 1-800-387-6198.

Preadmission:

  • New patients are recommended to obtain a negative COVID PCR test prior to admission

Admission:

  • Tracking of COVID alerts for out of province flights
  • Rapid antigen test (via nasal swab) is performed before entering building
    • If positive, patient will be asked to leave and get a PCR test, returning when
      negative
    • If negative patient is admitted to isolation and a PCR test is performed
  • 14 days of isolation for all newly admitted patients
  • Patients are moved out of isolation after the 14 day period and once a negative PCR test result is received

General Measures:

  • Mandatory indoor and outdoor masks
  • Increased number of hand sanitizing stations
  • Increased signage throughout facility displaying infection prevention methods
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization capacity
  • Increased employee education around infection prevention and vaccination
  • Staff and patients are tactically scheduled to reduce foot traffic through facility

Dining:

  • Increasing the number of meal times to reduce traffic in dining lounge at any given time
  • Installing plexiglass dividers
  • Increased cleaning between meal times

Groups:

  •  Decreased group sizes
  • Setting up outdoor rooms for group counselling
  • Fixed furniture set up to ensure proper distancing 2m apart

Extracurricular:

  • Gym will be closed until further notice
  • Introducing equipment loan time for leisure activities
  • Workouts prerecorded for client use in their rooms
  • More outdoor activities as weather permits

Smoking:

  • Sign up times for smoking with no more than two clients at the smoking pit at a time
  • Development of a more robust smoking cessation program

Enforcement:

  • To ensure compliance with our protocols, we will increase supervision via increased staff and camera installation
  • Introduce designated staff members with quality assurance roles
  • Introduction of zero-tolerance policies for public health protocol infringement

Technology:

  • Each patient will be assigned a tablet upon admission to facilitate counselling sessions while maintaining distance requirements

Employee Testing:

  • All onsite employees receive rapid antigen testing three times weekly
  • Employees who test positive will be sent home pending a negative PCR test