A new COVID-19 assessment centre in Winchester will open on April
1st. The Centre is being operated by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH)
staff and physicians, in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit
(EOHU). This centre is exclusively for the purpose of COVID-19 assessments.
The assessment centre is located in the Lions Club hall at 515 Albert Street
and will be open Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 pm. Parking is available behind
the hall and there is signage to guide patients to the appropriate entrance.
“The aim of
the assessment centre is to increase access to COVID-19 testing for EOHU area
residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS and hospital emergency rooms
so that they can focus on urgent care,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical
Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. “It will also reduce the
risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, helping us to
protect healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection.”
To Access the Assessment Centre
with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough),
is first encouraged to go to the
Ministry of Health’s website and complete a self-assessment online and follow the recommendations.
can also contact your primary care provider or call Telehealth Ontario at
1-866-797-0000. People with moderate, worsening (but non-severe) symptomsmay be referred to the assessment centre. The decision to test will be
based on Ministry of Health guidelines.
- Anyone experiencing severe
symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital
grateful for this partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. This
COVID-19 assessment centre will help protect our patients, their families, our
staff and our physicians,” states Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO. “The hope is we can
stay ahead of the game and prevent the spread of the virus as much as
For the latest updates on COVID-19 and local assessment centres,
please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca. For the latest updates from WDMH, please