PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release
December 14 , 2012
Patients facing long wait times
(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) Emergency Departments, at both University and Victoria hospitals, are experiencing high levels of patient activity.
Our first priority is the health and well-being of our patients and we will continue to maintain high quality patient care under these circumstances. It is also our priority that the most critically ill are seen in a timely manner.
If you have a medical emergency phone 911 or got to your nearest Emergency Department.
For non-life threatening emergencies we ask you to consider the following options:
- Contact your family doctor or a walk-in clinic for flu or flu-like symptoms;
- Go to St. Joseph’s Hospital Urgent Care Centre for treatment of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries such as scrapes, cuts, sprains, simple fractures or broken bones, earaches, fevers, coughs and colds. The Urgent Care Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week;
- For health advice and general information 24 hours a day, seven days a week contact Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000; and,
- If you must come into the Emergency Department for treatment be prepared for longer waits and please bring only one additional individual with you if necessary.
For more information contact:
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 77062
After-hours and weekend assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at (519) 685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call