Holiday Health Care Tips

No one wants to get sick over the holidays but, like anything else, staying well and out of the hospital during the holidays involves some proactive planning. Most of us make lists for the groceries and gifts we need to buy. A holiday care checklist is just as important.

Here are some holiday health care tips we hope will keep you and your loved ones healthy during the festive season. But remember, if you do need us, we are here for you. Check out your options on this page if you’re sick and unsure where to go for care.

How to have a safe and healthy holiday season: 

  • Get your flu shot
  • Schedule any needed medical appointments before the holidays
  • Know your doctor’s office holiday hours and if they offer on-call coverage after hours and when they’re closed
  • Know your health care options when you can’t be seen by your doctor (i.e. walk-in clinic, urgent care centres, emergency departments)
  • Fill any prescriptions or medicines and stock up on any medical equipment ahead of time
  • If you have visitors staying for the holidays, remind them to refill their prescriptions before they leave home and bring any needed medical equipment

Go to the nearest Emergency Department IF YOU HAVE:

  • Pains or tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, severe abdominal pain
  • Broken bones or wounds that may need stitches
  • Sudden severe headaches, vision problems, weakness, numbness and/or tingling in the face, arm or leg, trouble speaking, or dizziness
  • A child who is vomiting, has diarrhea and won’t eat or drink
  • A baby under six months with a fever over 37.9°C or 100°F
  • Call 9-1-1 if you feel that your illness or injury is an emergency or potentially life threatening
    • Osler’s Emergency Departments at Brampton Civic or Etobicoke General are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit the Urgent Care Centre for illnesses or injuries such as:

  • Sprains, strains or broken bones
  • Skin rashes
  • Minor burns
  • Cuts that might need stitches
  • Earaches, eye injuries
  • Fevers, coughs and colds
  • Minor infections
  • Nose and throat complaints

Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is staffed by Osler’s emergency-trained physicians and staff, equipped with high-tech diagnostics, and ready to handle most non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. No referral or appointment needed.

Go to your family doctor or walk-in clinic IF YOU HAVE: 

  • Minor illnesses like coughs and colds or minor injuries like cuts or sprains 
  • Long-standing or chronic medical problems 
  • If you’re not sure, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 

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