Public Health Services Disruption
January 10, 2022
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To: Primary Care Providers
FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Public Health is advising of service disruptions as it responds to the Omicron variant surge
Public Health Sudbury & Districts is advising all health sector partners that many primary care-oriented services usually provided by Public Health are on pause as we redirect our resources to managing the COVID-19 Omicron variant surge. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. We very much appreciate the collaborative efforts over the course of the pandemic to best meet the health needs of your patients/our clients and as we continue to respond to the demands of COVID-19.
Public Health staff redeployment
The COVID-19 response continues to impact Public Health programming.
Public Health has redeployed all available staff to assist with the COVID-19 vaccination efforts with a focus on providing booster doses to eligible persons as well as providing first and second doses for children 5 to 11 years of age.
At this time, and until further notice, Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reducing services in a variety of program areas including routine immunization, sexual health, and Growing Family clinic. Clients who contact Public Health for these services are being directed back to their primary care provider, as appropriate, or to walk-in clinics.
Should a patient present to you for primary care-oriented services traditionally provided by Public Health, we hope you are able to accommodate whenever possible. This may include increased demand for reviewing immunization records and providing vaccines based on eligibility; assessing, testing for, and treating sexually transmitted infections; contraceptive initiation, prescription extension or emergency contraception; pregnancy options and counselling.
Current Resources for Clinical Support
- Vaccine resources are outlined in a previous Advisory Alert published November 29, 2021.
- Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) – Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) | Public Health Ontario
- Bacterial STI Quick reference
- Gonorrhea Quick Reference
- Syphilis guide: Treatment and follow-up (treatment is ONLY available at Public Health Sudbury & Districts)
It is expected that resumption of many Public Health immunization services will occur in spring 2022, however, details of timelines will be shared as they are known.
Should you have questions or require consultation on patient specific vaccination needs or require an immunization record please contact the immunization program at 705.522.9200. ext. 482.
Original Signed By
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer
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This item was last modified on January 10, 2022