Tips for a safe and healthy holiday season

Island Health reminds you to take a few simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital.

  • Dec. 15, 2013 7:00 a.m.

The holiday season can be a busy time for emergency departments, Island Health reminds you 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 clinic’s hours.

Try to see your doctor before the holidays, if you have any developing health concerns.

Note the holiday hours of your local pharmacy or drug store, and ensure your prescriptions are up to date and filled prior to the holidays.

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 1-800-567-8911.

If at any time you feel that you need urgent medical attention, do not hesitate to go to the hospital emergency department or call emergency services at 911.