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Need health care over the holidays? Know your options.

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

New Tecumseth, ON (December 20, 2018) – 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. The following clinics are open in our area:

Walk-In Clinic at Walmart Alliston (30 Dunham Drive, Alliston 705-434-2141)*

Saturday December 22 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday December 23 CLOSED, Monday December 24 (Christmas Eve) unknown, Tuesday December 25 (Christmas) CLOSED, Wednesday December 26 (Boxing Day) 10am – 3:00pm, Thursday December 27 CLOSED, Friday December 28 10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday December 29 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday December 30 CLOSED, Monday December 31 (New Year’s Eve) 10:00 am – 2:00pm, Tuesday January 1 (New Year’s Day) CLOSED.

Angus Walk-In Clinic (18 King Street, Angus)*

Please call 705-424-5551 and press “2” for the most up to date information.

Alliston Family Health Team (36 Victoria St. W, Alliston 705-435-8887)*

Saturday December 22 CLOSED, Sunday December 23 CLOSED, Monday December 24 (Christmas Eve) 9am – 12 pm, Tuesday December 25 (Christmas) CLOSED, Wednesday December 26 (Boxing Day) CLOSED, Thursday December 27 9:00am – 2pm, Friday December 28 9:00am – 2:00pm, Saturday December 29 CLOSED, Sunday December 30 CLOSED, Monday December 31 (New Year’s Eve) 9:00 am – 12:00pm, January 1 (New Year’s Day) CLOSED.

*All available dates and times are subject to change.

In addition, you can also visit: 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 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.

About Stevenson Memorial Hospital:

Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is a progressive, acute care, community-based hospital located in the Town of New Tecumseth that offers 38 inpatient beds and a range of outpatient diagnostic and treatment services, including cataract, general surgery, maternal childcare and dialysis, as well as an Emergency Department with 24/7 coverage.

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For further information contact:
Corporate Communications
Stevenson Memorial Hospital
Communications@smhosp.on.ca

705-435-3377 Ext. 4281