Unlike other Bruyère sites, Annex E will not have a screening station at its entrance. Anyone entering Annex E is required to report to Saint Vincent Hospital (SVH) for screening and to receive a single use surgical mask before entering the building. At this time, cloth or reusable masks are not permitted. Spot audits will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of all our staff.
Urgent research is determined on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Research Institute leadership team and the Research Ethics Board. Generally, urgent face to face participant research means one or more of the following: research that is COVID-19 related, is part of a Clinical Trials Research Unit study that requires patient follow-up, or needs to restart as timelines due to funding or partnership agreements are not extended.
Currently, all Bruyère sites are closed to external guests unless they are research participants. We realize there are unique circumstances where face to face meetings are most desirable. While the weather is still suitable, we encourage these meetings to be held outside, keeping people at a safe physical distance from each other.
See section 4.3.1 Important Considerations of Community Research Visits and Appendix B in the Procedure Manual on Conducting Face-to-Face Research.
The City of Ottawa has mandated that masks must be worn in all indoor spaces
. Staff must be masked at all times when in Bruyère buildings. If a person is not sharing an office, they are permitted to remove their mask while in their office. However, if someone enters the office, everyone must put a mask on. For those who are sharing office spaces, maintaining distance might be difficult or not even feasible; IPAC recommends everyone in a shared office to wear a mask at all times.
For all new studies requiring face to face interaction with participants, the template for restarting research must be completed along with the regular Research Ethics Board submission. These templates can be obtained from the Research Operations Managers.
The Bruyère Research Ethics Board continues to operate as usual. Please continue to submit all ethics applications, amendments, addendums, deviations, serious adverse event forms, and other documentation for review. Please note that approvals are subject to any COVID-19 research restrictions
All members of the Bruyère RI – investigators, staff, trainees and students – are invited to ask questions or raise concerns. Open dialogue and collaboration is encouraged and will be vital to ensuring we provide a safe and healthy working environment while advancing research. Please address your questions to the following person: