Staff Screening - COVID-19

It’s essential that we take the screening process seriously. The health and safety of everyone in our hospitals depends on keeping COVID-19 at bay.  We all help make that happen by being appropriately screened before coming to work.

Staff Screening Questions:
Click here for current Staff Screening Questions (updated April 20, 2022). 

COVID-19 information & guidance:

  • Staff who require COVID-19 information about fitness to attend work/return-to-work protocols and COVID-19 testing/PCR self-tests, along with staff who are reporting a positive COVID-19 result, should contact Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness daily, 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., 7 days a week. Call KGH ext. 4389 and follow the prompts. 
  • Staff who have had close unprotected contact with a COVID-19 positive individual should contact their manager Monday to Friday during regular business hours, and contact OHSW at KGH ext. 4389 on weekends and stats between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Staff can continue to reach the on-call Occupational Health Nurse on weekends and statutory holidays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. by calling KGH ext. 4389 and following the prompts.

 Click here for return-to-work guidance/precautions for staff with COVID-19 contacts (household or community). If you are unable to report to work, then follow the appropriate process (e.g., reporting to your manager or People Services Centre). If you need an Emergency Leave or Leave of Absence during off hours, the normal process of approval from the Operations Manager will be required.

Staff COVID-19 self-swabbing on weekends, statutory holidays
Staff are reminded that the Assessment Centre is now closed on weekends and statutory holidays through the summer.  If you or a household contact require a COVID-19 test kit on a weekend/stat, then you can pick it up 12 to 3 pm at the Kidd Davies 1 main entrance at the KGH site.  Kits must be dropped off by 3 pm at the same location. COVID-19 PCR testing is also available at select local pharmacies for those who qualify.  Click here for the complete list of pharmacies.

General COVID-19-related concerns:
OHSW is always available to support you with COVID-19 information about screening, testing, PCR self-tests, return-to-work protocols, etc.  From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. call KGH ext. 4389 or 613-548-6041 and follow the prompts. NOTE: As of June 24, hours change to 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For all other OHSW-related queries, contact OHSW during regular business hours weekdays.  On weekends/stat holidays, call KGH ext. 4389 and follow the prompts to be connected to the Occupational Health Nurse on call 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here for a Quick Reference Guide for Staff & Physicians that can help you understand when you can report to work, required testing and other protocols (updated Apr. 13, 2022)

You may be instructed to self-isolate at work. Review Work Isolation at KHSC (updated April 4, 2022).

Staff screening entrances:

  • HDH site: Johnson 1 entrance; accessible 24/7; after hours (5 p.m. to 6 a.m.) staff can also screen in at the Jeanne Mance 1 main entrance (use screening station #2)
  • KGH site:  Located at Watkins 2 and Connell 0; accessible 24/7.
  • Staff working at offsite buildings or satellite services will be provided with a screening tool. 

Screening process:

  • Staff entrances are equipped with self-screening stations that require you to use a barcode scanner when completing the screening process.  You must have a KHSC-issued ID badge (with working barcode) in order to enter the building and screen.  
  • If you forget your badge, then you cannot enter/screen in at W2, C0 or J1.  You must exit and enter at the main hospital entrance (Jeanne Mance 1 or Kidd-Davies 1) to be able to screen in with assistance from screening staff at those locations. Bypassing the screening station and entering the hospital will not be tolerated. 
  • If you scan “fail,” then pop-up instructions will provide direction and advise if you can proceed to work on Work Isolation or if you must exit and contact Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness.
  • The following groups must enter through the hospital’s main entrance:
    • current staff who have forgotten/misplaced their KHSC-issued ID badge on a given day
    • staff who have accessibility challenges (e.g., visual impairment)
    • new hires entering the hospital for the first time without a KHSC-issued ID badge
    • vendors without a KHSC-issued ID (leaders: be sure to communicate this change as needed).

Click here for FAQs: New staff screening model (April 4, 2022)