December 21, 2011
Hospital or Home For the
Fraser Health's tips to help
keep you out of the ER this holiday season
Released by FHA
emergency departments are busy places, and during the winter months, visits
to local hospitals can increase dramatically. Fraser Health is asking
residents to help by taking simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to your
local emergency department during the busy holiday season.
"We know that emergencies and other serious health concerns happen every
day, but some of the influx of patients during the holidays is related to
people needing a prescription refill or a family physicians check-up when
their doctor's office is closed for the holidays," said Dr. Craig Murray,
Medical Director for Surrey Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department.
"People with serious health conditions need our emergency physicians and
health care staff to be available when needed, so we are reminding people to
plan ahead - check your doctor's holiday hours and walk-in clinics in your
area and get your prescriptions refilled well before you run out to avoid
unnecessary trip to emergency during the busy winter season."
Emergency department admits are triaged by level of seriousness of the
symptoms. If you need to visit an emergency department, coming prepared can
make your visit shorter. Keep a list of all medications that you take and
known allergies with you at all times.
Other steps you can take to avoid an unnecessary trip to an emergency
If you are unsure
about what health services you require or where to access them,
call 8-1-1. The toll-free HealthLink BC line provides 24/7
confidential health information in over 130 languages including
Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Check your symptoms or
get more information about a condition online at HealthLink BC
you can order a book format for easy reference at home.
Take note of the
weekend/holiday hours of your local pharmacy/drug store, and
ensure your prescriptions are up to date.
with the locations and operating hours of walk-in clinics in
Get your annual flu
Wash your hands
frequently to avoid spreading and/or contracting viruses and
Rest is best. If you
feel like you're getting the cold or flu, drink plenty of fluids
and take it easy.
To avoid food-borne
illnesses, ensure your cooking utensils, containers and food
preparation surfaces are cleaned and sanitized after use,
especially if they have been in contact with raw foods.
Store food at the
correct temperature (equal to or less than 4 degrees Celsius or
40 degrees Fahrenheit) and check that it is cooked properly
before eating. www.befoodsafe.ca
Follow basic safety
precautions: Buckle up, don't drink and drive, don't leave open
flames unattended, and keep alcohol and potential poisonous
substances out of reach from children.
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