As of Monday October 5, the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) temporarily closed its Hawkesbury COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 750 Laurier Street following new measures announced by the Ontario government.

The assessment centre is moving to an appointment-based testing system and discontinuing walk-in services. HGH is working to have an on-line booking system available as soon as possible to reopen the centre.

“Transitioning to an appointment-based testing will allow us to conduct enhanced screening in accordance with the province’s updated testing guidance. It will also increase staff and patient safety, and reduce wait times when visiting an assessment centre, preventing people from having to line up outside in the cold for many hours,” said Imrana Jeoffrey, Vice-President, Ambulatory Care, Quality and Performance at HGH.

The online system is expected to go live in the upcoming week and testing will resume shortly after. Links to the booking system will be announced and available from HGH’s website and Facebook page.