As of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, Chief Medical Officer of Health Directive #2 (updated January 5) is in effect. This directive mandates the cessation of non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures.
While the directive is largely hospital-based and therefore will not directly impact most homeopaths, registrants should be prepared to provide supportive care services to patients who may be facing delayed or cancelled hospital procedures.
Of relevance to homeopaths is Q 13 in the Directive #2 Questions and Answers document: 13) Deciding how to provide care: In-Person vs Virtual Health care providers should continue in-person visits based on both clinical need and patient preference. Providers must make decisions that are in their patient’s best interest and work together to find a solution that satisfies the need for patient access, safety, and quality care. Further information about continuation of in-person visits in primary care can be found in the COVID-19 Guidance: Primary Care Providers in a Community Setting.
Guidance related to COVID-19 (updated January 10, 2022)
Help stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay home. Stay safe.
What this means for homeopaths and their patients
Regulated health professionals provide essential care to their patients and are among those businesses permitted to open during all stages of lockdown and reopening. Homeopaths should continue to operate with a preference for remote practice whenever possible. Please refer to your local Public Health Unit to identify initiatives in place in your community.
All primary care providers are encouraged to implement a system for virtual and/or telephone consultations. When possible, primary care providers should conduct a consultation over the phone, video or secure messaging to determine if a virtual/telephone consultation will suffice or if an in-person appointment is necessary. The purpose of this is to support physical distancing and minimize contact of persons within health-care settings who may have COVID-19. In cases where in-person visits are necessary, appropriate measures, including PPE and infection control, should be implemented.
The College would like members to be aware of the following:
Information about the virus and outbreak are changing on a day-to-day basis. Please use the provided links and visit the Ministry of Health or the Ministry’s updated general information about COVID-19 in Ontario information page. Other excellent links include Public Health Ontario or the World Health Organization for daily updates. CHO will notify registrants when new resources and information of critical importance become available.
Status of Cases in Ontario The Ontario Ministry of Health updates its website daily at 10:30 a.m. ET. You will find the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario. Please check the Ministry site directly for the latest status report.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the Coronavirus COVID19 a pandemic and recommended that every person take extra precautions to minimize the spread of the disease.
For specific Canada-wide guidance and outbreak update related to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) please visit Health Canada.
More information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the situation in Ontario visit the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has established a Health Care Provider Hotline at 1-866-212-2272. If you have any questions or concerns about how the Coronavirus might impact your practice please feel free to contact this hotline.