Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be completely smoke-free starting January 1, 2018. Individuals can no longer smoke anywhere on hospital property, including in vehicles in our parking lots.
"WDMH is committed to building healthier communities and to fostering a safe, healthy workplace," explains Cholly Boland, CEO.
All Ontario hospitals must comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act which ban smoking on all hospital properties. The new rules apply to the smoking of tobacco, medical marijuana and e-cigarettes (smoking/vaping). Everyone is required to leave hospital property to smoke. As well, smoking is not permitted within 60 feet of the public school, playground or sports field.
WDMH provides support to patient and staff who wish to quit smoking. Smoking cessation programs are also offered through family physicians and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Visit MyQuit.ca for more information.
The local public health unit is responsible for enforcing the law and carries out inspections and responds to smoking complaints. Individuals can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offence. The hospital can also be fined, up to $100,000, for a first offence.
If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613-774-1049 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning residents that carfentanil, an extremely dangerous opioid, may have been added to some local street drugs.
A urine sample tested positive for the highly toxic variation on fentanyl, an opioid that has been responsible for a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses across the country.
VSA: Vital signs absent. When Maxville firefighters got that alert on a June day in 2016, they swung into action. Trevor Stanton, now 78, had no pulse after going into cardiac arrest. Today, he is back playing the saxophone and thanking the people who saved his life.
Read this incredible story in our Salute to Firefighters inside the October 4 edition.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer’s second human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes in the area served by the health unit tested positive for the virus in July, and a first human case was confirmed earlier in August.
“West Nile virus remains a concern in our area,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families, particularly for the next six to eight weeks while mosquitoes are still active.”
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer's first human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes, in the area served by the health unit, tested positive for the virus in July, but human cases had only occurred in other regions of the province.
"This first human case of the summer shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area," says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that "residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families."
Eastern Ontario is not immune to the devastating effects of opioids, stresses the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
"There is a perception among some people that there has never been an opioid-related death in Cornwall, however, this is not accurate at all," states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. "In fact, in the Cornwall area, our ER visit rates related to opioids are higher than the provincial average and are among the highest within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network area."
According to local data, there have been at least 35 opioid-related deaths in the Eastern Counties (including Cornwall) between 2010 and 2015.
Mosquitoes in our area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. However, there have been no human cases reported in our region.
“The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “This finding shows that West Nile virus remains a concern in our area. Residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is advising residents that black-legged ticks, which can spread Lyme disease to humans, are being found in a growing number of locations across the five eastern counties.
In Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell, at least 20 per cent of black-legged ticks are carrying the Lyme bacteria, which is why the disease is now considered endemic, or well established, in this region.
Check yourself for ticks whenever you go outdoors, but be particularly vigilant if you enjoy the Glengarry Trails.
That warning comes from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which has red-flagged the paths as “at risk” areas. “What this signifies is that although it is possible to encounter black-legged ticks almost anywhere in Ontario, there is greater risk of occurrence in those areas,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis writes in a recent letter to North Glengarry Township.
The black-legged, or deer tick is a prime carrier of Lyme disease.