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As of March 31, 2020, the tent at the front of CGMH will remain in place as a screening centre for Emergency patients. Each patient requiring emergency care will be screened for COVID symptoms in the tent, before entering the Emergency Department. All ED patients, must go through tent. Only pre-booked urgent clinic appointment patients and obstetrical patients should continue to enter and be screened through the CGMH main lobby.

The G&M's Emergency Department (ED) operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week and is staffed by five full-time emergency physicians and fourteen general practitioners on a rotating basis. Nursing care is provided by Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses.

As the major trauma centre for the Georgian Triangle Area, the ED has modern, well-equipped facilities for triage, resuscitation, trauma, surgical and medical care. Emergency visits to the G&M average over 35,000 annually.

The ED uses a five level triage system. This means that patients are not seen on a "first come, first served" basis. Patients are usually assessed by a nurse within 15 minutes of their arrival in the ED (this will depend on how busy the ED is at the time) and seen by the physician according to the emergent nature of their injury or illness.

The See and Treat area, which is separate from the main ED, provides patients with minor injuries faster access to care. The area is equipped with four dedicated rooms with stretchers and chairs, for patients who can move about freely. A physician and a registered practical nurse (RPN) are dedicated to the See & Treat area between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days per week.

As a community hospital, the G&M's role is to provide primary medical care. Critically ill patients who are beyond the scope of primary medical care are stabilized in the ED and then transferred to other health care facilities depending on their care needs.

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