Swabbers busy at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena

Community Apr 20, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a drive-thru testing centre for the coronavirus at least until Wednesday, April 22.

City spokesperson Kelly Anderson said local health officials have not decided yet what will happen after that.

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours will remain in place.

On Friday, April 17, the Hester Street rink reopened as a testing centre, after being closed since mid-March.

Primary care clinicians from the Hamilton Family Health Team and McMaster Family Health Team tested 21 people on Friday, and 24 each on Saturday and Sunday.

“We wanted something on the Mountain since existing assessment centres were in the lower city,” Anderson said.

The setup is a single-lane drive-thru into the arena through the Zamboni door, which has lots of signage.

Drivers are then directed onto the arena floor where they are swabbed by clinicians in full personal protective equipment.

The clinicians approach the vehicle, assess the individual, log their information and perform the swab test through the car window, so patients don’t have to leave their vehicle.

Anderson said being indoors will help with privacy and inclement weather issues.

“Hamilton’s drive-thru testing site is a testimonial to the creativity, ingenuity and compassion that has fuelled our COVID work to date,” said Dr. Tamar Packer, primary care lead and chief, departments of family medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “This clever and uniquely Canadian concept is proof of what good can come of true collaborative work. Thanks to the City of Hamilton, public health, the Hamilton family health team, the McMaster family health team and our hospital partners, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we were able to go from dream to reality in a matter of days.”

Hamilton’s other testing centres are located at the Main West Urgent Care Centre at 690 Main St. W., east of Longwood Road, and St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton’s Urgent Care Clinic at 2757 King St. E., just west of Centennial Parkway.

The centre on Main Street West operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the one on King Street East runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Given the ongoing pandemic, Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the city and local health-care providers are coping and report on any new initiatives being taken to test the public for the coronavirus.

Swabbers busy testing for coronavirus at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena

#essentialservices: New coronavirus drive-thru testing centre checks 69 people

Community Apr 20, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a drive-thru testing centre for the coronavirus at least until Wednesday, April 22.

City spokesperson Kelly Anderson said local health officials have not decided yet what will happen after that.

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours will remain in place.

On Friday, April 17, the Hester Street rink reopened as a testing centre, after being closed since mid-March.

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Primary care clinicians from the Hamilton Family Health Team and McMaster Family Health Team tested 21 people on Friday, and 24 each on Saturday and Sunday.

“We wanted something on the Mountain since existing assessment centres were in the lower city,” Anderson said.

The setup is a single-lane drive-thru into the arena through the Zamboni door, which has lots of signage.

Drivers are then directed onto the arena floor where they are swabbed by clinicians in full personal protective equipment.

The clinicians approach the vehicle, assess the individual, log their information and perform the swab test through the car window, so patients don’t have to leave their vehicle.

Anderson said being indoors will help with privacy and inclement weather issues.

“Hamilton’s drive-thru testing site is a testimonial to the creativity, ingenuity and compassion that has fuelled our COVID work to date,” said Dr. Tamar Packer, primary care lead and chief, departments of family medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “This clever and uniquely Canadian concept is proof of what good can come of true collaborative work. Thanks to the City of Hamilton, public health, the Hamilton family health team, the McMaster family health team and our hospital partners, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we were able to go from dream to reality in a matter of days.”

Hamilton’s other testing centres are located at the Main West Urgent Care Centre at 690 Main St. W., east of Longwood Road, and St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton’s Urgent Care Clinic at 2757 King St. E., just west of Centennial Parkway.

The centre on Main Street West operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the one on King Street East runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Given the ongoing pandemic, Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the city and local health-care providers are coping and report on any new initiatives being taken to test the public for the coronavirus.

Swabbers busy testing for coronavirus at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena

#essentialservices: New coronavirus drive-thru testing centre checks 69 people

Community Apr 20, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena will remain a drive-thru testing centre for the coronavirus at least until Wednesday, April 22.

City spokesperson Kelly Anderson said local health officials have not decided yet what will happen after that.

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours will remain in place.

On Friday, April 17, the Hester Street rink reopened as a testing centre, after being closed since mid-March.

Related Content

Primary care clinicians from the Hamilton Family Health Team and McMaster Family Health Team tested 21 people on Friday, and 24 each on Saturday and Sunday.

“We wanted something on the Mountain since existing assessment centres were in the lower city,” Anderson said.

The setup is a single-lane drive-thru into the arena through the Zamboni door, which has lots of signage.

Drivers are then directed onto the arena floor where they are swabbed by clinicians in full personal protective equipment.

The clinicians approach the vehicle, assess the individual, log their information and perform the swab test through the car window, so patients don’t have to leave their vehicle.

Anderson said being indoors will help with privacy and inclement weather issues.

“Hamilton’s drive-thru testing site is a testimonial to the creativity, ingenuity and compassion that has fuelled our COVID work to date,” said Dr. Tamar Packer, primary care lead and chief, departments of family medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “This clever and uniquely Canadian concept is proof of what good can come of true collaborative work. Thanks to the City of Hamilton, public health, the Hamilton family health team, the McMaster family health team and our hospital partners, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we were able to go from dream to reality in a matter of days.”

Hamilton’s other testing centres are located at the Main West Urgent Care Centre at 690 Main St. W., east of Longwood Road, and St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton’s Urgent Care Clinic at 2757 King St. E., just west of Centennial Parkway.

The centre on Main Street West operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the one on King Street East runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 


STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Given the ongoing pandemic, Hamilton Community News wanted to see how the city and local health-care providers are coping and report on any new initiatives being taken to test the public for the coronavirus.