Plus, five ways to help protect yourself from the flu
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s (SRH) Emergency Departments (ED) are often busier during the winter season as a result of the flu. As always, ED patients are seen on a triaged basis, which means the most serious cases are seen first.
The EDs at SRH’s Birchmount, General, and Centenary sites are open 24/7 for anyone experiencing a health-care emergency. However, if your health-care needs are not an emergency, there are other community health-care providers that can help, including family physicians; urgent care, walk-in, or after-hours clinics; and Telehealth Ontario (call toll-free to speak to a Registered Nurse at 1-866-797-0000 or TTY: 1-866-797-0007).
Visiting patients at SRH
If you have a fever (over 100F/38C) and cough AND one or more additional symptom(s) (including headache, aching muscles, sore throat, and fatigue or weakness) you likely have a flu-like illness and should avoid visiting patients at the hospital. This will prevent the transmission of your cold/flu symptoms to hospital patients and staff. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Five ways to help protect yourself from the flu:
- Get your flu shot, which is available from most family physician offices, community health centres, walk-in clinics, and pharmacies;
- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub for at least 15 seconds, before and after visiting patients, to help prevent the spread of the flu virus;
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve;
- Eat healthy food and exercise; and
- Get plenty of rest.