Vernon Jubilee is a busy place over the holidays

The Interior Health Authority is reminding the public to follow a few simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital

Heavy volume is expected at Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s emergency department over the holiday.

The Interior Health Authority is reminding the public to follow a few simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital.

*For non-urgent care during office hours, call your family doctor or the doctor on call for the clinic.

*Consider going to a local walk-in clinic. Call ahead to check the clinic’s hours.

*Try to see your doctor before the holidays if you have any developing health concerns.

*Note the holiday hours of your local pharmacy or drug store, and ensure your prescriptions are up to date and filled prior to the holidays.

*Call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for confidential health information and non-emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1.

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

*If at any time you feel that you require urgent medical attention, do not hesitate to go to the emergency department or call emergency services at 911.

“In our regional hospitals, emergency services are available 24 hours a day. However, some hospitals may experience higher than normal volumes over the holidays,” states an Interior Health Authority release.

“A triage system is used at the emergency department to ensure priority is given to those patients requiring the most urgent care.”