The safety of our patients, staff and visitors is a number one priority at Bridgepoint, particularly because patients with complex chronic disease can be more vulnerable to contracting infections. Through our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program, we have many practices in place to help identify and reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
As a visitor or volunteer, you can help keep Bridgepoint safe through regular hand-washing, limited direct contact with patients and by staying away from the hospital if you are sick. Frequent and regular use of the hand sanitizer provided throughout the hospital is greatly appreciated. Please follow the hand washing guidelines.
We ask that you do not visit Bridgepoint if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Symptoms of acute respiratory tract infection, including cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or fever;
- Fever within the last 24 hours;
- Eye infection or pink eye;
- Chicken pox, shingles, measles or mumps;
- Infectious rashes or concerns of possible transmission of a communicable disease.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please see your doctor and delay your visit until your symptoms are gone.
Every year in Ontario, influenza (flu) results in approximately 19,000 hospitalizations, and about 300 deaths. Getting a flu shot is the best protection against getting the flu. Ontario is one of very few places in the world that offers free seasonal flu immunization to its residents. Bridgepoint's patients can be at great risk from seasonal flu; particularly persons 65 years of age and older and adults with chronic health conditions. Family members and those who provide care to the our patients are strongly advised to get vaccinated against seasonal flu to protect themselves and those around them. View the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's video "You and the Flu" for information on how the flu vaccine is created and how it helps you and your family stay flu free.