ER visits remain essential travel for Brampton residents


Published May 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm


With much conflicting information coming at people about lockdowns and social distancing during these COVID-19 times, local health officials at William Osler Health Centre at William Osler Health Centre.

Myth No. 1: I’m going to catch COVID-19 if I go to the hospital.

Hospitals across Ontario are safe places to come for patient care. They take every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone who comes through their doors, including active screening, providing masks, enhanced cleaning practices, physical distancing, and the limited visitor policy.

Myth No. 2: I don’t need to go to the Emergency Department during the pandemic, I think my symptoms will go away.

COVID-19 is a significant concern for many, but during this time, it is critical to pay close attention to any chronic or emerging health care needs that may arise.

At Osler, your health and safety is our top priority. They are committed to providing safe, compassionate and high-quality health care at their hospitals, including in the emergency departments. Every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who enters their hospitals.

If you have concerning health symptoms like chest pain, stroke symptoms, severe abdominal pain, bleeding that won’t stop with pressure, a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, you are urged to call 9-1-1 or come to the ER. Expansion to the footprints of both the ERS ensures there are separate areas to treat patients with non-COVID-19 related emergencies.

Myth No. 3: We’re encouraged to stay at home so I can’t go to the hospital.

Visits to your nearest ER are considered essential travel. Residents should go to the nearest ER if they require emergency or urgent care related to a serious injury, illness or condition.

Myth No. 4: I can choose to have a virtual care appointment instead of going to the emergency department.

For some urgent, but non-life threatening medical issues, you can book a same-day appointment through Osler’s Virtual Urgent Care service. However, should you require emergency care related to a serious injury, illness or condition, please call 9-1-1 or visit the ER.

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