Wait times are up this week in local emergency rooms.
According to a Chatham-Kent Health Alliance release, the ERs are experiencing an increase in patient volume of between 10% and 15%. With this being March Break, some doctors are on vacation, leaving people with limited options in how they can access health care, putting added pressure on the ERs.
“Although wait times always fluctuate, this significant increase in volume is resulting in increased wait times for some of our emergency department patients. We know that lengthy wait times have an impact on patient satisfaction, so we felt it was important to communicate our current challenges so that those choosing to come to the ED for non-urgent care come prepared for a longer stay,” Colin Patey, president and CEO of the CKHA, said in a media release.
Officials advise people coming to the ERs to bring a book or electronic device. Free Wi-Fi is available in the ER.
If your health issue is minor or non-urgent, the health alliance recommends trying to see your family doctor, community health centre, family health team or visit an after-hours clinic.
Telehealth Ontario is another option, at 1-866-797-0000.