Know where to go for health care during the holidays


If you have a medical emergency please phone 911 or go directly to your nearest Emergency Department.

During the holiday period, London Health Sciences Centre’s Emergency Departments often experience high levels of patient activity. 

Those who do not require emergency care for life-threatening illnesses or injuries will face potentially long wait times, as the most critically ill patients will be seen first. Information on how the ED triages patients can be found in the latest issue of LHSC’s Inside magazine

For those with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries, we ask you to consider the following options before coming to the Emergency Department:

  • Non-emergency medical assistance: First call your family doctor, nurse practitioner or their on-call service. If not available, consider visiting a walk-in clinic or urgent care centre.
  • Health-related advice from a Registered Nurse 24/7: Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
  • Serious medical injuries and conditions: Call 911 or go to an Emergency Department.

For a full listing of resources available to you over the holiday season (medical walk-in clinics, community pharmacies with extended hours, Telehealth Ontario, and crisis intervention assistance), please visit #KnowWhereToGo