Northern Health Urges Appropriate Use of ER
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George residents are being asked to think twice before they head to UHNB’s emergency room.
Northern Health is urging “appropriate use” of the facility because the hospital is currently experiencing higher than normal cases of flu and gastrointestinal illness.
“We would ask the public for their support to allow health care professionals provide treatment to those that urgently require the care,” reads a news release sent out this morning.
In light of the request, Northern Health has also sent out some tips to help avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital, especially with spring break about to start.
– For non-urgent care, residents are asked to seek the service of their family doctor or of walk-in-clinics.
– Note the holiday hours for your local pharmacy and ensure prescriptions are filled appropriately.
– Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for confidential health information and non-emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week (or 7-1-1 for hearing impaired residents).
– If you have a cold, ask your pharmacist for advice.
– If you have concerns about your mental health, call the Community Response Unit at 250-565-2668.
– If you are concerned about a possible poisoning call Poison Control at 1-800-567-8911.