Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, has re-opened his constituency office to walk-in inquiries.
Visitors will notice enhanced safety precautions including a plexiglass barrier at the service window and hand hygiene stations. Smith has also instituted a rigorous cleaning protocol within the office.
"My team has remained in the office throughout the pandemic to serve the people of Bay of Quinte by phone, email, or appointment. Due to Ontarians' successful efforts to flatten the curve and reduce community transmission of COVID-19, we feel confident to open the doors and expand our services," said Smith.
For the best service and to promote social distancing given the office's limited waiting area, Smith recommends constituents continue to call ahead at 613-962-1144 to book appointments where possible. The office will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pictured, from left, are Cathy Starkey (PECMH Auxiliary chair), Nancy Parks (PECMHF campaign co-chair), Dr. Elizabeth Christie (Prince Edward Family Health Team chair), Mayor Steve Ferguson, myself, Stuart Wright (QHC board chair), Shannon Coull (PECMHF executive director), Barbara McConnell (PECMHF board chair), and Brad Harrington (QHC Vice-president and chief financial officer.)
I've made two positive announcements for Quinte Health Care hospitals in the past two weeks. On June 10, I announced a 6.1-per-cent base funding increase for 2020-2021 that includes annualized funding increases for the hospital as well as $4.5 million to increase the regional ICU space in Belleville to accommodate four more beds.
On June 19, I announced that the campaign to build a new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital can move to Stage 3 of the five-step redevelopment approvals process. That means QHC will be able to begin detailed design work on the block schematics of the new 18-bed facility. The community has pledged over $11.3 million toward its $16.5-million fundraising goal. The government's share of funding for the new hospital is anticipated to exceed $80 million. To learn more about supporting the project, visit www.pecmhf.ca.
If you are seeking up-to-date information about federal and provincial supports during COVID-19, please visit www.covidsupports.ca/bayofquinte. You can also contact my constituency office for assistance.