WATERLOO AND WELLINGTON REGION, Dec. 7, 2023 — Respiratory illness season has begun and more people are seeking medical care across the Waterloo and Wellington region. Your local hospital is always available if you have an emergency, but most other illnesses can be managed by another health care provider.
Waterloo and Wellington Regional Hospitals, in partnership with the Ontario Health Team (KW4, Cambridge North Dumfries, Guelph Wellington), “Know Your Care Options” website A guide to help communities know where they can get the right care at the right time.
“Our hospitals see many patients at this time of year as respiratory illnesses such as colds and flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus circulate in the areas we serve. ” said Dr. Bill Kalilai, co-medical director of emergency medicine. Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital. “If you are experiencing a medical emergency, including a serious illness or life-threatening injury, please call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency room. We are always here for you. We’re here for you. But if you’re not in an emergency, there are many other health care options available to you. It’s important for community members to know there are places to go other than the emergency department. is.”
“Health care workers are working together to support the health of our communities during this cold and flu season and holiday period,” said Emi Perkins, director of the Guelph-Wellington Ontario Health Team. says. “If you have a health concern, please contact your health care provider or nurse practitioner for assistance with essential and urgent care needs. Where possible, you are encouraged to utilize daytime and after-hours support within your local area.”
“We also know that more than 65,000 people across the Waterloo and Wellington region do not have a primary care physician,” said Christina Eliaszewski, director of the Cambridge North Dumfries Ontario Health Team. “This means many people are presenting to our emergency departments for issues that are best treated through walk-in clinics, urgent care clinics, 811 (formerly TeleHealth Ontario), or virtual care. “The Ontario Health Team in Waterloo Region and Wellington Region is committed to working with our hospital partners to help people get the best care in the right place.”
Do you know where to go to get the right care?
visit knowyourcareoptions.ca To see more details including:
- When should you go to the emergency room?
- When to see your family doctor or nurse
- When to go to an urgent care or walk-in clinic if you don’t have a primary care doctor or nurse available
- List of urgent care and walk-in clinics in the Waterloo and Wellington region
- List of local pharmacies
- Information about home and community care
Still not sure where to go?
emergency? Immediately he should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Isn’t it an emergency? There are many other health management options! you can:
- Please see your family doctor or nurse
- Go to a walk-in or emergency clinic
- Call 811 for free health advice
- go to local pharmacy
- Make an appointment for virtual care
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