DLC News and Updates
Positive Test Results for DLC Employees
November 27, 2020
This week two Deer Lodge Centre Employees received positive test results for COVID-19. The employees work on the following units:
(1) – Lodge 3 West Special Needs Behavioral Unit
(1) – Lodge 6 Chronic Care Unit
Our staff are working to ensure that all Primary Contacts for Patients and Residents on these units are notified.
We continue to work closely with Public Health to ensure all steps are taken to minimize risk to patients, residents, families, and staff. We have further enhanced safety and infection prevention protocols to ensure we are taking every step to prevent any possible transmission.
At this time there are no COVID-19 positive patients or residents at Deer Lodge Centre. If any patients / residents are exhibiting respiratory symptoms they will be tested for the cause of their illness, including for COVID-19. If your family member is being tested, you will be contacted directly.
We appreciate your concern for your loved one. Our top priority is the care of our residents and patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Client Relations at 204-831-2963 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to request a status update on your loved one, please call our Patient & Resident Inquiries Hotline at 204-833-1760.
New Drug Distribution System – PCH Units
November 19, 2020
Deer Lodge Centre will be updating the drug distribution system for our Personal Care Home Units. We will be transitioning to a multi-dose pouch packaging system, which is the preferred drug distribution model for long term care. Multi-dose pouch packaging is the standard of pharmacy services in place for the majority of PCH’s across Manitoba.
As a result, starting December 3, 2020, PCH residents at Deer Lodge Centre will receive their medications from Medisystems Pharmacy, a specialized division of Shoppers Drug Mart. If changes to your family member’s medications are required, you will be contacted prior to December 3rd. Otherwise your family member will continue to receive their medications as per usual.
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to the Unit Manager.
COVID Positive Notification
November 4, 2020
To Family and Friends of Deer Lodge Centre (DLC) Patients and Residents
This message is to advise you today a DLC staff member on Lodge 4 has tested positive for COVID-19. We want to ensure you are aware of this, as well as to share our plans to prevent the spread of the illness.
We are closely monitoring all Patients and Residents for symptoms. If we become aware of a Patient or Resident experiencing respiratory symptoms, we will be testing these individuals for the cause of their illness. This will include testing for COVID-19. Primary contacts will be notified if their family member is being tested along with any results.
DLC is working together with the Public Health Office, Occupational Health, and Infection Prevention and Control to investigate this case and identify all close contacts with the
affected staff member. Primary contacts will be notified if their loved one has been identified as a close contact to the affected individual and they will be provided with the type of action or precaution required.
We appreciate this is very unsettling news for our patients, residents and their loved ones. Please be assured we have moved quickly to enact precautions to limit any spread of illness.
The care needs of our patients and residents remain our top priority.
Please call the Patient/ Resident Hotline at any time if you have questions or concerns related to your loved one at 204-833-1760. We will work to return calls as quickly as we can. Check our website regularly for centre-wide updates at www.deerlodge.mb.ca and provincial updates related to COVID-19 at www.covid19manitoba.ca. If you have questions or concerns about your own health, please contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.
Kevin A. Scott, COO
The Province of Manitoba has moved the Winnipeg Region to Red critical status for Pandemic response and announced changes to visitation in Hospitals and Personal Care Homes effective Monday, November 2, 2020. The visitation restrictions apply to Deer Lodge Centre and this means we will be reducing the Designated Visitor number to one from the current two. Exceptions to the restrictions will be on a case-by-case basis as outlined by Public Health.
I recognize this will be a difficult time for you and your loved one so please take advantage of the virtual options available identified on the Deer Lodge Centre web site. You can also call your Social Worker or Care Manager for assistance.
It is very important that Deer Lodge Centre supports the new restrictions to keep the patients, residents, and you safe.
Thank you for your understanding and regular updates will be provided.
Kevin A. Scott, COO
Latest Information on DLC Outbreak
Dear Family Members of Patients and Residents,
This message is to advise you that two Deer Lodge Centre staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. One is a staff member from a non-clinical area. The other is a staff member from the 3rd floor.
Please be assured that we were are working closely with Public Health to ensure all steps are taken to minimize risk to patients, residents, families, and staff. We have further enhanced safety and infection prevention protocols to ensure we are taking every step to prevent any possible transmission.
Any patients from the 3rd floor exhibiting respiratory symptoms will be tested for the cause of their illness, including for COVID-19. If your family member is being tested, you will be contacted directly.
We appreciate your concern for your loved one. Our top priority is the care of our residents and patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Candice Masters at email@example.com or 204-831-2935.
Kevin A. Scott, COO
Access to the Centre
To keep staff, residents and patients safe Deer Lodge Centre is limiting access to the Centre to only to the front entrance facing Portage Avenue during the hours of 8:00 am & 8:00 pm. All other entrances will be closed except during clinic hours.
Single Site Staffing for Personal Care Homes
At the direction of the Provincial Public Health Office, Deer Lodge Centre will implement a “single-site staffing model” for nursing and support staff on our Personal Care Home Units beginning May 1, 2020. If you would like to learn more about the “single-site staffing model”, please read the letter above from Shared Health Manitoba. You may also call the Patient & Resident Inquires Hotline at 204-833-1760 for general inquires related to DLC.