Where To Find Health Care Over The Holidays In Barrie

How To Find Help When You Need It

Illnesses and emergencies happen over the holidays and the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre wants you to be prepared.

Many family physician offices are closed over the holidays, while walk-in clinics have modified schedules which can cause Emergency Department (ED) volumes to be busier with longer wait times.

If you’re not sure if you have to go to the Emergency Department, you can call Telehealth Ontario, a free and confidential service providing health advice or general health information from a registered nurse. They can be reached at 1-866-797-0000. The health unit stresses that in emergency situations, you should call 911 first as Telehealth is not able to diagnose your illness or prescribe medicine.

Always seek medical attention when you are experiencing pain or tightness in the chest, shortness of breath or when you experience a sudden drooping in your face, difficulty raising your arms, and slurred or jumbled speech.

You should bring your child to the ED if they have significant vomiting and diarrhea with very little urination. You should also bring your young baby (under three months of age) to hospital if he or she develops a fever over 38.0 C (100.4 F) or if you have any concerns with a sick child of any age.

In Barrie there are here are five walk-in clinics. The Barrie Family Medicine Clinics locations and hours of operation can be found online or by calling 705-726-1544. .

The Huronia Urgent Care Clinic is located at 480 Huronia Road and can be reached at 705-792-0933.

Clinics are closed on December 25 and have modified hours during the holidays.

Other tips to keep you and your family healthy:

Ask your doctor’s office what back-up coverage they have, such as after-hours clinics or an on-call service.

  • Update emergency telephone numbers and post in a visible place, such as your refrigerator.
  • Ensure everyone in your family has enough medical supplies, prescription and non-prescription medications and test  inhalers, respirators, oxygen and glucose-testing machines are in good working order.
  • Know where the nearest 24-hour pharmacy is located.
  • Remind visiting family members and friends to bring their health cards or health coverage documents and an adequate supply of prescription medications with them.
  • Wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and disinfect surfaces thoroughly to stop the spread of germs, protecting you and your family     

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