Western Health Imposes Restrictions

Mar 15, 2020

Western Health is imposing the following restrictions in response to COVID-19 pandemic effective Monday, March 16.


  • Only emergency surgeries will take place.
  • Patients who are scheduled for elective surgeries tomorrow will be accommodated. All other elective surgeries will be rebooked.

Affected individuals will be contacted about their surgery.

Other Services

  • Routine medical imaging and laboratory services are not going ahead.
  • Urgent medical imaging (Ie. X-Ray) and Laboratory services (ie. blood collection) will go ahead, except at Deer Lake Medical Clinic. Deer Lake and area residents can access urgent laboratory and medical imaging services in Corner Brook.
  • Renal dialysis will continue at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital and LeGrow Health Centre.
  • Inpatient adult rehabilitation services and restorative care services will continue.
  • Only urgent ambulatory care will continue.
  • Urgent therapeutic services will continue
  • Community based services will continue for priority services based on client need (for example, Home Nursing Services, Emergency Home Support and Special Assistance Program, Public Health Nursing, Home Support).
  • Family Medicine (Doctors appointments) clinics will continue.
  • Cancer care at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital and LeGrow Health Centre is continuing.
  • Humberwood Treatment Centre will remain open.
  • Doorways, mobile crisis response teams, Mental Health Case Management and ACT teams will continue.
  • Opioid Dependency Treatment will continue.
  • Provincial Breast Screening Clinic located on Herald Ave will be closed.


  • Only one designated visitor per resident is permitted in long-term care homes.
  • No visitors are permitted in any of the province’s hospitals with the following exceptions:
  • There are no restrictions on the number of visitors for patients at end-of-life.
  • Only one designated person per patient is permitted in obstetrics delivery rooms.
  • Parents can visit children who are inpatients.


  • Volunteering is temporarily suspended.


  • University and college student placements will continue.


  • The use of health care facilities for community groups is temporarily suspended.

Western Health thanks the public for their patience and cooperation.

More information on COVID-19 can be found here.


Media Contact:
Tara J. Pye
Director of Communications
Western Health
T: 784-5252
E: tarajpye@westernhealth.nl.ca