Your health care options for March Break

It’s hard to believe that it’s already March Break. We’ve had a roller coaster of a year so far as we’ve continued to experience significant patient volumes throughout our sites. This steady pace has me thinking about taking some time to relax and recharge my batteries.

Even though we all try to do our best to stay healthy, especially when there is a vacation or school break coming up, it doesn’t always work out that way. But Osler has you covered.

If you’re staying close to home this March Break and do need to visit us, you now have another option in addition to the emergency departments at Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General. Peel Memorial’s new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is here to help when it’s not an emergency, but it can’t wait. Some examples of non-life threatening illnesses or injuries that can be treated at the UCC include:

  • Sprains and broken bones
  • Cuts that might need stitches
  • Allergic reactions, skin rashes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Minor burns
  • Fevers, coughs and colds
  • Infections
  • Nose and throat complaints

If you find yourself in an emergency health situation where you have severe chest pain, stroke symptoms or you are uncertain, always CALL 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For those lucky enough to be travelling, our Live Well with Osler series has a helpful list of the five things you should think about before travelling that can keep you safe and healthy during your trip.

Another way is to get vaccinated against the flu. Believe it or not, flu season ends in April and the best way to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated. While it’s a personal choice to get a flu vaccine, there are still many ways for you to get one. Make an appointment to see your family doctor or visit your pharmacist at a participating pharmacy while you’re stocking your first aid kit.

I wish you all a safe and healthy break. Have fun!

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