Guelph COVID, Cold, Flu Care Clinic to close as of March 31, 2023

GUELPH, ON – March 27, 2023 – The Guelph COVID, Cold, Flu Care Clinic located at 400 Southgate Drive is closing at the end of day Friday March 31, 2023. Care for community members with COVID-19, cold and flu symptoms will transition to family physicians, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.

The decision to close the Guelph COVID, Cold, Flu Care Clinic was made following a steady few months of low volumes and stable COVID hospital admissions. Please know that COVID is still prevalent in our community. If you feel unwell, please continue taking precautions to help limit the spread of respiratory ailments.

“The COVID, Cold, Flu Care Clinic played a significant role in meeting the needs of the community during the pandemic by providing community residents a much-needed alternative to the Emergency Department and primary care,” says Marianne Walker, President and CEO, Guelph General Hospital. “As care transitions back to community providers, I’d like to thank the over 100 team members from Guelph General Hospital, Guelph Family Health Team and other partner organizations for their valuable service during some very difficult times.”

Since opening its doors in March 2020 to help relieve pressure from the Emergency Department and primary care, the Guelph COVID, Cold, Flu Care Clinic has cared for over 184,000 patients.

“Patients can receive care for COVID-19, cold and flu symptoms from local Guelph Family Health Team Physicians and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics as well as primary health providers, walk-in clinics and pharmacies in the community,” says Ross Kirkconnell, Executive Director, Guelph Family Health Team.

Patients requiring care for severe COVID symptoms should continue to seek care at the nearest Emergency Department.

  • For PCR COVID testing: https://www.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations
  • For (Antiviral therapies (Paxlovid/Remdesivir) please contact your family doctor or pharmacy.
  • For other Cold, Flu and COVID care please contact your family doctor and pharmacy.
  • A full list of alternative care options is available here.

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Guelph General Hospital (GGH) is a dynamic, comprehensive acute care facility providing a full range of services to the residents of Guelph and Wellington County. Services include 24-hour emergency coverage, advanced technology and diagnostic support, and specialty programs. GGH is a regional provider of general vascular surgery and a designated provincial Bariatric Centre of Excellence. GGH is also a proud partner in the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team. Visit us online at ggh.lab.barking.ca or @guelphgeneral. 

For more information, please contact: Carla Kostiak, Manager of Strategic Communications, Guelph General Hospital | Tel: 519 546 3048 | Email: ckostiak@ggh.lab.barking.ca.

Guelph Family Health Team (Guelph FHT) provides team-based care to support patient wellbeing. Patients have access to a range of services, provided by a team of health care professionals that offer patients support in every stage of life. Guelph FHT supports 95 Family Doctors and serves 125,000 patients within 25 offices across Guelph. Guelph FHT is a proud partner of the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team. Visit www.guelphfht.com to learn more.