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Know the healthcare options available to you this holiday season

12/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

(Tuesday, December 23, 2014  - Orillia, ON) – Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is encouraging you to be prepared and know what healthcare options are available over the holidays should you or a loved one become sick or injured. You have a number of options for accessing care.


For minor illnesses, your family doctor or the local walk-in clinic can be a good resource.  Make sure that you check with your doctor's office for their holiday schedule (many operate under reduced holiday hours from Christmas until New Year's). 


There are two walk-in clinics located in Orillia: the Orillia After Hours Medical Clinic at 210 Memorial Ave., Unit 106, and the Couchiching Family Health Team (CFHT) After Hours Clinic at 119 Memorial Ave.  The CFHT After Hours Clinic is for rostered patients of the Family Health Team only.  Patients with family doctors elsewhere can utilize the Orillia After Hours Medical Clinic.


Both clinics are closed Sundays and statutory holidays - Dec. 25 & 26, and Jan. 1.  The Orillia After Hours Medical Clinic will also be closed on Jan. 2. Call the clinics or consult their websites before heading out.


If you are concerned that you are seriously ill or injured, go to the nearest Emergency Department.  Patients with potentially life-threatening conditions should immediately phone 911.


If you do need to visit the emergency department, remember to bring your OHIP card, along with a list of your medications.


If you are unsure of whether you should visit the Emergency Department, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, where you have free telephone access to a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


By planning ahead, and making use of alternative resources for non-emergency situations, we can minimize the seasonal strain on our Emergency Department and help to keep the service accessible for those who need it the most.



About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario and serves the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond. OSMH is focused on ensuring a healthier future for our communities by providing high quality care closer to home. Medical, surgical and critical care, seniors healthcare services, adult mental health, and paediatric and perinatal care are among the Hospital's recognized areas of expertise. It also specializes in orthopaedic surgery and kidney care. For more information visit www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni

Director, Community Relations

Tel: 705-327-9179

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca

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