Northern Health is reminding the public about appropriate use of the emergency department at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.
The health authority says there’s been an increase in patients because of the seasonal conditions and want to ensure all resources are used effectively.
They say they want to ensure patients get the care they need in the best way possible.
Northern Health’s emergency rooms tend to patients who have experienced a sudden and/or unusual change in their health. This includes, but not limited to, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or pain, broken bones, chest pain, suspected overdoses, and eye injuries.
Northern Health’s Andrea Palmer says residents can also use services like walk in clinics.
Patients debating if they should go the emergency room can contact HealthLink BC‘s 811 number or their website where they can speak to health care professionals and get advice 24/7.
They say anyone who feels they need immediate care can also call 911.