Holiday Health Care Options

List of options includes when you should go to the Emergency Department

Health care providers in North Simcoe Muskoka have teamed up to help patients access appropriate care in the proper setting during the holiday season.

Nobody wants to get sick, especially during the Christmas and New Year’s period, but people will. The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network says the goal is to reduce Emergency Department demands and hospital occupancy pressures.

The LHIN says influenza is the main reason there is an increase for health care services during the holidays. Of course, you are being encouraged to get the flu shot. Not only to help you avoid getting very sick and infecting others, but to assist in easing volumes in the ER.

During the holidays in the LHIN coverage area, there will be a daily monitoring of a Regional Bed Capacity Report, a provincial website for influenza reporting and coordinated emergency responses when hospital surge levels become critical.

The LHIN will review all potential discharge options with patients and families, which includes the possibility of returning home with services.

Information on holiday health care options:

When to go to the ER: