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Stay safe this summer

Stay safe this summer

Friday, July 29, 2022

Summer can be a time to unwind with friends and family, and it can also be a time when our Emergency Department sees a spike in traumatic injuries which could be prevented. We want you to stay safe this summer while enjoying the activities that you love. 

While our teams are always here to help when you need it, prevention is key to keeping you and your loved ones safe! 
– Be aware of potential hazards (ex. animals, construction, fallen trees) when operating a vehicle, out on the water, or swimming.
- Never drive or swim while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 
- Wear a life jacket when out on the water and a seatbelt when in a vehicle.
- Always wear a helmet when on a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle.

Our Emergency Department is here for your urgent healthcare needs 24/7. 

Remember that some of our teams may be working with reduced staff, and wait times may be longer than usual.

If your healthcare needs are not urgent, consider your primary care provider, going to a walk-in clinic or accessing Health Connect Ontario. 

Please be patient and kind with our staff and physicians who are working hard to care for you and your loved ones during these busy times. 

The pandemic is surging again locally. Multiple layers of protection, including getting vaccinated and staying up to date, wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor or crowded spaces (including outdoors), keeping indoor spaces well ventilated, physical distancing, handwashing, using rapid antigen testing (RAT) or seeking PCR testing (if eligible), screening for symptoms and staying home when ill, will all help to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

We hope you enjoy the great outdoors with your friends and family! Stay safe!