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December 16, 2016
Be Prepared and Know Your Healthcare Options this Holiday Season
Richmond Hill/Vaughan, ON – No one wants to get sick or be injured over the holidays, but if you are, it’s important to remember you have many healthcare options. While emergency departments operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, a hospital visit is not always the most appropriate place for treatment.
Healthcare Options and Reminders
Make sure you have enough of your everyday medications and medical supplies, such as blood testing strips and hearing aid batteries, to last the duration of the holiday season.
Many doctors’ offices and drug stores are open for shorter hours over the holidays, stock up and be prepared.
Mackenzie Health’s Urgent Care Centre
Fornon-life-threatening illnesses or injuries visit Mackenzie Health’s Urgent Care Centreat 9401 Jane St., Vaughan, Ontario, L6A 4H7. The UCC is open 365 days a year.
For more information on the UCC visit: www.mackenziehealth.ca/ucc
UCC 2016 Holiday hours UCC Regular Hours
Dec 24-27 (10am - 4pm) Monday - Friday: 4pm to 10pm
Dec 28, 29 and 30 (4pm - 10pm) Weekends/Holidays: 10am to 4pm
Dec 31-Jan 2 (10am to 4pm)
Non-emergency medical services resources
Visit firstname.lastname@example.org for local non-emergency medical services including local urgent care centres and community clinics. This new easy-to-use, searchable online directory lists in-home and community-based services, managed by the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential telephone service to get health advice from a Registered Nurse. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact: 1-866-797-0000 or
York Region Health Connection is a free and confidential health information/education telephone service. They can provide health information, support and counselling.
Available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-361-5653 or
For more information on how to prepare and stay safe this holiday season see Mackenzie Health’s holiday preparation tips.
“Be prepared and know what healthcare is available in your community in the event is needed this holiday season. For patients with serious but not life-threatening emergencies, an Urgent Care Centre is a great alternative to an Emergency Department and can provide x-rays, casting, stitches or laboratory tests, when if your family doctors office is closed.”
Dr. David Rauchwerger, Chief, Emergency Medicine Program, Mackenzie Health
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