Hamilton urgent care centre resuming regular hours

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Published February 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 9, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) will resume regular hours at its urgent care centre on King Street East.

The hospital network says that the facility at 2757 King St. E. will be back to being open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Urgent care centres are intended for people to receive treatment for medical ailments and conditions that might not be serious enough for an emergency-room visit, but might also be too pressing to wait for a doctor’s appointment.

St. Joe’s only had the UCC open for six hours per day over the past three weeks. The reduction in hours was imposed so doctors and nurses could be reployed to other areas of SJHH, which has been under severe strain during the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital network executives noted on Monday that Hamilton is in the “epicentre” of the fifth wave.

“We thank our community for its understanding during the temporary reduction in hours, which allowed us to redeploy urgently needed healthcare,” SJHH said in a Twitter post.

St. Joe’s virtual urgent care service is also available at urgentcareontario.ca from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Examples of conditions that should be handled at an urgent care centre include:

  • Lacerations — deep cuts or wounds that may require stitches
  • Sprains, strains, or deep bruises
  • Mild to moderate asthma attacks
  • Ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Coughs and congestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throats
  • Insect bites
  • Rashes

St. Joe’s also recommends needadoc.ca for people who trying to determine which healthcare service is best for their concern or issue.

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