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Need health care over the holidays? Know your options.

New Tecumseth (December 19, 2017) – No one wants to get sick or injured over the holidays, but if you do, it’s important to remember that you have many health care options.

While emergency departments operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, a hospital visit is not always the most appropriate place for treatment if you are sick. For serious injuries and illnesses, the nearest emergency department (ED) is the best choice; however, for non-urgent needs, you have other options.

You can begin by calling your family doctor, nurse practitioner or their on-call service. If they are not available, visit a local urgent care centre or walk-in clinic. To find an urgent care centre or walk-in clinic in your community, visit the following online resource: http://www.nonemergencycare.centralhealthline.ca/. This easy-to-use website allows you to search for health care services by service type and postal code, and provides detailed information about that service, including hours of operation over the holidays.

“It’s very common for us to see an influx of patients in our emergency department over the holidays,” says Dr. Jody Levac, President and CEO, Stevenson Memorial Hospital. “It does impact our wait time significantly in these cases, and we want the community to be aware that there are options available for those not in need of emergency care.”

Levac also stresses the importance of getting a free flu shot from your local clinic, physician or pharmacy to help stay healthy over the holiday season. “It’s a quick and easy way to protect you and your loved ones from the flu,” says Levac. Visit http://www.nonemergencycare.centralhealthline.ca/ and click on the “Flu Shot Clinics” button to find out where you can get your flu shot.

NOTE: If you are in need of serious medical attention, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.


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About Stevenson Memorial Hospital:

Stevenson Memorial Hospital is a progressive rural-based hospital that offers 38 inpatient beds and a range of outpatient treatment services. Situated one hour north of Toronto, this fully-accredited hospital is transforming patient experiences and is planning for a large redevelopment to meets the growing needs of the area it serves that includes Adjala-Tosorontio, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth.

For more information, please contact:

Rachael Ogorek, Corporate Communications Specialist
Stevenson Memorial Hospital
rogorek@smhosp.on.ca    (705) 435-3377 ext. 4281