The South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is bringing back non-essential and elective services at its hospitals.
A media release says as of June 1st, high priority surgeries and procedures are back underway, starting at 25 per cent capacity and gradually increasing over the coming months.
The SBGHC operates hospitals in Chesley, Durham, Kincardine and Walkerton.
The hospital group says patients waiting for surgery will hear directly from their physician or surgeon's office.
Diagnostic Imaging tests are starting back up at 50 per cent capacity, with appointments being prioritized by urgency.
Community Lab Collections will begin operating by appointment at the Kincardine and Walkerton sites to ensure proper physical distancing for patients.
The Acute Care Units at all four hospitals will manage both respiratory and non-
respiratory patients, meaning there will no longer be COVID/respiratory designated sites.
Community Lab Collections at the Chesley and Durham sites are scheduled to resume service on June 15, by appointment.
Phases 2-4 will gradually increase capacity, depending on potential future outbreaks.
To support physical distancing, hospital visitors are still prohibited until further
notice (exceptions will continue for special circumstances).
They are also strongly encouraging anyone going to a hospital to bring their own face covering/mask. They say it can even be something as simple as a homemade mask or face covering such as a scarf or buff.
Anyone who arrives in hospital without a mask will be given a disposable mask.