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Important information for the holiday seasonhttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/important-information-for-the-holiday-seasonImportant information for the holiday season<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">We want you to enjoy a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. Here is information about how to access our services over the holidays as well as some tips to help you live well.<br></p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">In a medical emergency<br></h2><div>If you or a loved one has symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, loss of consciousness, heavy bleeding, breathing difficulties, severe abdominal or chest pain, or a major accident, call 9-1-1 or go immediately to <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=ca8a5cf1-6422-448a-9b01-d783df0dbcad&TermSetId=13a8243d-bf25-4891-8442-bcd748f68cb6&TermId=77b4818d-6ec8-4eb9-adb1-eeb1942e2ff4">your nearest hospital emergency department</a>. Emergency departments are open throughout the holidays for people who require urgent and emergency health care.<br></div><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">If it’s not an emergency<br></h2><div>If you have a health concern that is not an emergency and your doctor is unavailable, you can go to a <a href="http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/find/" target="_blank">walk-in clinic</a> or go to your nearest Community Health Centre.</div><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">Holiday hours for Community Health Centres & services<br></h3><div><ul><li><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1396" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Vancouver community services - holiday schedule 2017</a><br></li><li><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1398" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Sea to Sky Community Health services - holiday schedule 2017</a><br></li><li><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1397" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Richmond health servcies - holiday schedule 2017</a><br></li></ul></div><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">Call 8-1-1 for 24/7  health care advice<br></h3><div>Call 8-1-1 or visit the <a href="https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/" target="_blank">HealthLink BC website</a> for assistance finding a clinic near you or for health care advice from a nurse, pharmacist or dietician. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.<br></div><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">UBC Urgent Care Centre</h3><p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph">If you live in Vancouver, the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=ca8a5cf1-6422-448a-9b01-d783df0dbcad&TermSetId=13a8243d-bf25-4891-8442-bcd748f68cb6&TermId=bb765b3b-ad1d-4cc7-a3a7-805dc1090682" target="_blank">Urgent Care Centre at UBC Hospital</a> is open throughout the holidays. The centre is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and is staffed with emergency-trained doctors and nurses to handle minor medical emergencies that don’t require admission to hospital, such as broken bones, fevers, minor burns and eye problems.</p><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Tips to stay healthy this winter<br></h2><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">Food safety tips</h3><div><ul><li>Wash your hands frequently, especially before and after handling food.<br></li><li>Store food at the correct temperature (less than 4-degrees Celsius)<br></li><li>Check that it is <a href="http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/safety-salubrite/tips-conseils/cook-temperatures-cuisson-eng.php" target="_blank">cooked properly before eating by using a food thermometer</a><br></li><li>Thaw meat and poultry in the fridge.<br></li></ul></div><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">Tips to prevent sickness</h3><div><ul><li>Wash your hands to avoid picking up colds, stomach viruses and other infections.<br></li><li>Get a <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=ca8a5cf1-6422-448a-9b01-d783df0dbcad&TermSetId=13a8243d-bf25-4891-8442-bcd748f68cb6&TermId=ae9b78fa-cbdc-4a41-8b3b-9c18b62037ad">flu shot</a>.<br></li><li>Keep your prescription medication filled.<br></li><li>Speak to a pharmacist or health care provider before taking over the counter cold medications.<br></li></ul></div><h3 class="phsa-rteElement-Header3">Tips to avoid accidents</h3><div><ul><li>Have the right gear for your winter activity. Wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding, wear the right shoes or boots for walking in snow or ice<br></li><li>Shovel snow wisely: dress warmly, take breaks and don’t overdo it. Be honest about how much you can do yourself and ask for help for the rest.<br></li><li>Mind slippery sections and black ice when walking.<br></li><li>Make sure your fire detectors and carbon monoxide monitors work, especially with all the extra lights, Christmas trees and candles at this time of year.<br></li><li>Put snow tires on your car.<br></li><li>Drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.<br></li></ul></div><h2 class="phsa-rteElement-Header2">Your mental health matters</h2><div>The holidays can be a trying time of year, socially and emotionally. If you are feeling blue or overly stressed, be sure to speak with someone. Our <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=ca8a5cf1-6422-448a-9b01-d783df0dbcad&TermSetId=13a8243d-bf25-4891-8442-bcd748f68cb6&TermId=68098fa9-e350-4bdf-8943-e38bc44e52b8">emergency contacts page</a> lists distress, suicide, addiction and poison control phone numbers. <br></div><p><br></p><img alt=" " src="/PublishingImages/Holiday-hours-2017-news-article.jpg?RenditionID=8" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

 

 

Important information for the holiday seasonhttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/important-information-for-the-holiday-seasonImportant information for the holiday season2017-12-08T08:00:00Z
Overdose statistics October 2017http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/overdose-statistics-october-2017Overdose statistics October 20172017-12-08T08:00:00Z
Is your food safety certification nearing its best before date? http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/is-your-food-safety-certification-nearing-its-best-before-dateIs your food safety certification nearing its best before date? 2017-12-06T08:00:00Z
Gaglardi family donates $25 million to VGH and UBC Hospitalhttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/gaglardi-family-donates-$25-million-to-vgh-and-ubc-hospitalGaglardi family donates $25 million to VGH and UBC Hospital2017-12-06T08:00:00Z
Flu policy for visitors in effect at all VCH facilitieshttp://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/flu-policy-for-visitors-in-effect-at-all-vch-facilities-2017Flu policy for visitors in effect at all VCH facilities2017-12-01T08:00:00Z

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