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Health care options over the holidays

No one wants to get sick or injured over the holidays, but if you do, it's important to remember 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. North York General Hospital's Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency can be busier during the holidays as many people believe it's their only option for medical attention.

“Our Urgent Care Centre can be a great alternative to our Emergency Department if a patient needs care for less serious illnesses or injuries,” says Sandy Marangos, Director of Emergency Services and Mental Health. “The team is committed to treating not life-threatening issues, such as broken bones or cuts or coughs and colds, quickly and efficiently.”

The Urgent Care Centre located at our Branson Ambulatory Care Centre (555 Finch Avenue West), is open over the holidays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 22 to December 26 and December 29 to January 1.

Other holiday health care options can be accessed through centralhealthline.ca, a listing that locates nearby clinics and helps connect patients and families with doctors, nurse practitioners and other health care options in their neighbourhood.

NOTE: If you are in need of serious medical attention, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department.
 
NYGH's Urgent Care Centre can be a great alternative to our Emergency Department if a patient needs care for less serious illnesses or injuries.
 
December 8, 2015

This article first appeared in the December 2015–January 2016issue of The Pulse, North York General Hospital's community newsletter. Subscribe to receive 10 issues per year.

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