Northern Health is calling on Prince George residents to use Prince George Regional Hospital’s emergency room wisely over the Easter long weekend.
Patient loads at the emergency room are expected to be higher than average over the long weekend, because doctors’ offices are closed and more people will be traveling.
“Long weekends are typically busy times of year for hospital emergency (rooms) and other resources,” hospital patient care director Anne Chisholm said in a media release. “To keep patient wait times manageable for patients who urgently need medical attention, we’re asking residents to only visit the emergency room if they have an urgent medical condition.”
The types of conditions which warrant an emergency room visit include: difficulties breathing, chest pain, broken bones, eye injuries, severe bleeding or pain, or any other sudden and/or unusual change in health.
Patients who don’t know whether their condition would warrant an emergency room visit can call HealthLink BC at 811 for non-emergency health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.