Reminder: Seek Emergency and Urgent Care When Needed

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:00am

SARNIA & PETROLIA – May 28, 2020 –Bluewater Health reminds Lambton County residents that local emergency departments (EDs) are safe places for people seeking acute care services.

Those who feel unwell and believe they require urgent or emergent care, should call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department. Local EDs remain accessible for those who cannot wait.

Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Petrolia have taken precautions to ensure a safe care environment for all patients and staff. These steps include: enhancing screening of patients to ensure the right precautions are being taken, increased cleaning of the care environment and equipment, ensuring staff are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and limiting visitors with the hospital.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have seen few cases where patients have come to the ED much later than they should have; people who may have had a stroke, heart attack or bad infections” says Dr. Mike Haddad, Chief of Staff.  “If you or a loved one are very ill or have urgent or emergent health issue, please seek care at the ED and don’t hesitate. Waiting can alter your outcomes, your prognosis and even cause death.”

Patients can access primary care, often virtually, through their family physician or through a virtual walk in clinic for everyday health needs.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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Media Contactt:

Julia Oosterman
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Bluewater Health
519-328-3136

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