Emergency Room is for Emergencies
Prince George, B.C.- The emergency room at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. has been packed with folks seeking treatment for a number of ailments which are not considered an emergency.
The ER has been packed recently with folks seeking treatment for such things as colds.
Northern Health has now issued a reminder that the ER is meant for those who have experienced a sudden and/or unusual change in their health. This includes, but isn’t limited to, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or pain, broken bones, chest pain, suspected overdoses, and eye injuries.
The public is also encouraged to utilize other community health services for non-immediate health care needs including their general practitioner or walk in clinics.
The sudden influx of folks is not believed to be a reflection on a shortage of general practitioners in Prince George as recent data indicates those who want a GP have one, but there is still a large number of residents who have indicated they don’t want to have their own GP.
Patients who aren’t sure whether their condition would warrant an emergency room visit, or who need health advice can call HealthLink BC (8-1-1), or visit www.HealthLinkBC.ca for non-emergency health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Those who require emergency attention can call 9-1-1 for transport to the emergency department.