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WE ARE NOT A COVID-19 TESTING SITE.

Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19 for testing sites and all information. Continue to check www.womenshealthclinic.org/covid19 for the most current information on our programs/services.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheets

 

Public Health Fact Sheet

Self-Isolation Fact Sheet

Update: Women’s Health Clinic & COVID-19

WHC takes the health and safety of our community very seriously. We are closely following the updates and recommendations from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) and Shared Health, as well as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). As new information is available and recommendations change, WHC’s plan will adapt. Please be patient with us as we all work to figure out the best way to move forward.

Our main focus will be to preventatively slow the spread of COVID-19 as to decrease the impact on those most affected. Clients and visitors can expect to be screened upon arrival for COVID-19. Abortion clients will be contacted before their procedure date to be screened by phone, as well as upon arrival on procedure day. If clients are ill, or have travelled internationally in the past 14 days, or if they have been instructed to self-monitor or self-isolate, we strongly encourage them to stay home for the well-being of all.

WHC Graham/Portage

Important Information

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you MUST call us at 204-947-1517 prior to coming to the clinic. This may not disqualify you from receiving service, but we can discuss your options over the phone.

  • Do you have cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache)?
  • Have you returned from travel within Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19?
  • Have you had exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days? (Note: exposure may include scenarios or settings like large events with confirmed case(s) of COVID-19?

Only clients and people seeking service will be permitted in our waiting room/building. Support people will be asked to drop you off/pick you up, or to wait outside so please plan accordingly.

We strongly encourage handwashing and social distancing. We will be asking you to sanitize your hands upon arrival and to give our front desk staff some space.

Health Services

We are currently providing in-person (and in some cases, phone) appointments for the following:

  • Abortion (both surgical and medication abortion) including intake and follow-up
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy and birth control counselling/information
  • Birth control (including pill pick up, IUD insertions and urgent follow-up)
  • Pap tests (only if previously abnormal result)
  • STI checks and treatment

If you have a previously scheduled appointment with us and have not been contacted already, please call us at 204-947-1517 to confirm your appointment. We are trying to honour all previously scheduled appointments.

Sexual Health Drop-In is still open (Mondays 3-7pm) but only for the reasons outlined above. Please call us if you need further clarification.

Teen Clinic is still open (Thursdays 3-8 pm for 21 years old and under) for the reasons outlined above AND mental health/general health concerns however if it can wait, you are urged to remain at home. Please call us if you have any questions.

Counselling Services including our Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program

All workshops/groups are suspended until further notice. Our intake lines for general counselling and our eating disorder program are still open. We are currently providing counselling services over the phone. If you have a previously scheduled appointment with us and have not been contacted already, please call your counsellor, or call us at 204-947-1517.

For specific Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program questions please call 204-947-2422 ext. 137.

*Please note: some staff are working remotely and it may take longer to receive a response. Your patience is appreciated!

Parenting Groups and Workshops

All workshops/groups are suspended until further notice. This includes all Healthy Baby / Families Connecting community groups, Healthy Families, Handle with Care and Coping with Change at the Birth Centre. Please call 204-947-2422 ext. 113 or email mothersprogram@womenshealthclinic.org if you have any questions or need support.

*Please note: some staff are working remotely and it may take longer to receive a response. Your patience is appreciated!

Health Education and Training

All health education workshops/training are suspended until further notice. Please call 204-947-2422 ext. 113 or email mothersprogram@womenshealthclinic.org if you have any questions.

*Please note: some of our staff is working remotely and it may take longer to receive a response. Your patience is appreciated!

 

Birth Centre

Midwifery Intake

Our intake line is still open. Please call us at 204-947-2422 ext. 307 if you would like to request a midwife.

Scheduled Appointments

We are still proceeding with midwifery appointments. Some appointments may be done over the phone and some will be done in person.

You will receive a screening call before your appointment.  They will ask you:

  • Do you have cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache)?
  • Have you returned from travel within Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Have you returned from travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with someone being tested for COVID-19?
  • Have you had exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 14 days? (Note: exposure may include scenarios or settings like large events with confirmed case(s) of COVID-19?

If any of the questions above apply to you, a midwife will discuss options about having the visit in your home or in hospital. During home visits, midwives will wear personal protective equipment.

Only the pregnant person and one support person will be allowed to attend appointments. While childminding is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we strongly encourage alternate child care arrangements. If you have additional support people, they will be asked to wait outside, so please plan accordingly.

We strongly encourage handwashing and social distancing. We will be asking you to sanitize your hands upon arrival and to give our front desk staff some space.

Labour and Delivery

All pregnant people and each support person will be pre-screened during admission. You may be redirected to the hospital for labour and birth if the screening questions apply to you. Each pregnant person will only be allowed one support person. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your midwife.

NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank Drop Site

We are still accepting milk donations but call us first at 204-594-0900. (If you are a first-time donor or want to donate, visit NorthernStar at www.northernstarmilkbank.ca and call them at 1-403-475-6455 BEFORE calling us or coming to the Birth Centre).

 

Social distancing strategies for all Manitobans include:

  • Minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between other individuals in public.
  • Avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes
  • Disinfecting frequently-used surfaces and regular handwashing.
  • Following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or been exposed to someone ill with the virus.
  • Considering avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk.

Check this page regularly for updates.

Thank you for your consideration and understanding as we continue to monitor the situation.