UHNBC is getting crowded: Northern Health

PRINCE GEORGE – Its only been two months since Northern Health sounded the alarm over University Hospital, but theyre doing it again. It says the entire hospital is full, not the just the Emergency Room. And theres not one single thing to pin it on, such as influenza. And Northern Health is asking people to steer clear if they can.

“And they are making an appointment with your family doctor, we are fortunate to have walk-in clinics available in Prince George as well,” says Eryn Collins, Manager of Communications for North Health. ” Theres also HealthLink BC, which is a great resource both online or by calling 811 where you can actually speak to a registered nurse or another type of health care professional to get information or advice that you may need.”

The University Hospital of Northern B.C. is currently experiencing higher-than-normal volumes of patients and residents are being asked to consider other options before heading to the emergency department.

In issuing the request Monday, Northern Health offered the following advice to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital:

– Patients who arent sure whether their condition would warrant an emergency room visit can call HealthLink BC at 811. For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 711.

If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control at 1-800-567-8911.

– For non-emergency health information nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists go to www.HealthLinkBC.ca.

– For non-urgent care, use community health services including your family practitioner or walk-in clinics, where available.

– If you have a cold, call HealthLinkBC at 811 for advice, or ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter medications to ease symptoms.

“If at any time you believe you require urgent medical attention, do not hesitate to go to the emergency department, or call 911 for transportation,” Northern Health added.