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Where to go for health care
- Emergency care, for Emergency Departments in hospitals, for critical or life-threatening situations. If you are not dealing with an emergency health concern, use primary care services instead.
- Urgent primary care centres (UPCCs) for same-day care for urgent and non-life threatening health concerns.
- Regular medical care, also known as primary care, from family doctors or nurse practitioners. If you have a health concern that is not an emergency, and you do not yet have a family doctor, walk-in clinics provide non-emergency health care services on a drop-in basis.
Community health centres (CHCs) provide various care options within one location and can be found through our Services & Resources page.
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