Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tips to avoid
hospital visits over the holiday season
Released by Fraser Health Authority
the holiday season and during the winter months, Emergency
Departments are extremely busy and visits can increase dramatically.
Fraser Health is reminding the public to take a few simple steps to
avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital.
For non-urgent care
during office hours, call your family doctor or the doctor on
call for the practice or clinic.
Consider going to a
local walk-in clinic. Call ahead to check the clinics hours.
Try to see your doctor
before the holidays, if you have any developing health concerns.
Know the holiday hours
for your local pharmacy or drug store, and ensure your
prescriptions are up to date
and filled prior to the
Call HealthLink BC at
8-1-1 for confidential health information and non-emergency
services 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. For
deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1.
If you are concerned
about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance,
call Poison Control at 1-
If at any time you feel you
require urgent medical attention, do not hesitate to go to the
Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.
Emergency services at our
hospitals are available 24 hours a day, however, over the winter
months, hospitals may experience higher than normal volumes. A
triage system is used at the Emergency Department to ensure priority
is given to those patients requiring the most urgent care.
More tips for staying
safe and health over the holidays
It can be a very busy,
stressful time of year. Slow down and enjoy it.
Dont drink and drive,
get a cab or have a designated driver.
Take care when
crossing the street or driving. Short daylight hours and rainy
weather makes driving more
pedestrians harder to see.
Wash your hands before
eating and using the bathroom or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Get a flu shot.
Get regular exercise
and eat nutritious foods.
moderation, including alcohol.
For more information:
Healthy Holiday Eating -
Quick Tips to Reducing Holiday Stress -
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