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Staff member working the command centre

New technology helps improve flow of patients through Osler’s hospitals

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 AM

As hospitals in Ontario prepare for the annual cold and flu surge and a possible second wave of COVID-19, William Osler Health System (Osler) is looking to its innovative new Operational Command Centres to help manage what is anticipated to be a very busy period.

“We really wanted to find a more timely way to safely move people needing inpatient care out of our emergency departments and into the beds best suited to meet their needs,” says Clint Atendido, Vice President, Clinical Services. “Thanks...

A ventilator in a hospital room

Raising $5 million for our health care heroes

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Our community’s health care heroes are caring for all those who need them, through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Early in the new year, when the threat of COVID-19 seemed far away for most, physicians, infectious diseases experts and staff across William Osler Health System (Osler) had already jumped into action, getting Osler’s hospitals ready for what would eventually become an official worldwide pandemic. They worked around the clock to prepare for the worst-case scenario and support the community...

Melanie, registered nurse and Mental Health Outpatient program lead at Osler’s Etobicoke General Hospital

How virtual care helped save Gayle’s life during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020 12:00 AM

For years, “Gayle” suffered from anxiety, debilitating panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One day, finding herself at her wits’ end, she came to her local emergency department. “I was going to commit suicide,” she recalls. “I knew I needed help.”

Gayle was referred to William Osler Health System’s (Osler) Mental Health and Addictions Outpatient Program and in April, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, began a combination of group and individual therapy. The program was...

Exterior shot of Peel Memorial

Osler opens clinic for people with cold, flu and possible COVID-19 symptoms

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020 12:00 AM

In preparation for the approaching cold and flu season and potential future waves of COVID-19, William Osler Health System (Osler) has opened a dedicated clinic to test, medically assess and provide care for people with cold, flu-like and possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19, the cold and the flu are very similar and testing is the best way to diagnose which of these illnesses a person may have. Osler’s COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic serves people with moderate symptoms who need to see...

Food drive collections at Etobicoke General (right) and Brampton Civic (left)

Osler gives back with Back-to-School Food Drive

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:00 AM

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, William Osler Health System (Osler) has “felt the love” from the community. From meal and gift donations, thank you salutes, and words of kindness, the community showed incredible gratitude to our health care heroes.

It is exactly this kindness and an awareness of the challenges faced by the most vulnerable in Osler’s community during this unprecedented time that spurred Osler’s first ‘Back to School’ Food Drive.

The Back-to-School Food Drive...