Appointments required at Lindsay’s COVID-19 drive-through assessment centre as of October 5

New system will allow Ross Memorial Hospital to manage traffic flow and focus on people who meet new testing guidelines

Like other COVID-19 assessment centres across the province, the drive-through centre Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay has been experiencing long line-ups. The centre will be switching to an appointment-only model as of October 5, 2020. (Photo: Ross Memorial Hospital)
Like other COVID-19 assessment centres across the province, the drive-through centre Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay has been experiencing long line-ups. The centre will be switching to an appointment-only model as of October 5, 2020. (Photo: Ross Memorial Hospital)

If you’re a Kawartha Lakes resident and want a COVID-19 test at Ross Memorial Hospital’s assessment centre in Lindsay, you’ll have to have a booked appointment as of Monday (October 5).

“Setting appointments will support us in better managing traffic flow as well as prioritizing those who require testing according to the latest Ministry testing guidelines,” states hospital president and CEO Kelly Isfan in a media release issued on Wednesday (September 30).

Beginning on Thursday (October 1), you can request an appointment by calling 705-328-6217 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, or online at rmh.org. You are asked to call if you’re booking appointments for multiple people, including members of your family.

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The COVID-19 assessment centre will remain a drive-through centre until further notice. Appointments will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

The centre will provide testing for people who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Anyone 12 months of age or older who is showing COVID-19 symptoms (you may be asked to visit the emergency department if your symptoms, or your child’s symptoms, are severe).
  • Those who’ve been notified by the public health unit or the COVID Alert app about a potential exposure to a confirmed case of the virus.
  • Those who live or work in an at-risk setting, including long-term care homes, shelters, or other congregate settings.
  • Those who will be visiting a long-term care home.
  • Those who are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative, as determined by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long Term Care.
  • Those who require COVID-19 testing prior to medical procedure.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms (including difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, or loss of consciousness), you should call 911 or proceed to the emergency department.

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