PRHC ex­pects to get busy with on­set of flu sea­son

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Peter­bor­ough's health-care providers are re­mind­ing area res­i­dents to guard against in­fluenza by get­ting a flu shot.

The shot is free and avail­able at many lo­ca­tions. Visit www.pe­ter­bor­ough­pub­lichealth.ca/flu. Peter­bor­ough Pub­lic Health has flu shot ap­point­ments for chil­dren un­der five years old by call­ing 705-743-1000, ext. 349.

Peter­bor­ough Fam­ily Health Team (PFHT), Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Health Cen­tre (PRHC) and Peter­bor­ough Pub­lic Health stated Thurs­day that the hospi­tal is see­ing more pa­tients this year, with more than 87,000 vis­its com­pared to 83,000 the year be­fore.

PRHC has hired 52 reg­is­tered nurses and 52 reg­is­tered prac­ti­cal nurses over the past year, and 24 new in­pa­tient beds were opened last year.

The hospi­tal asks that pa­tients as­sess the ur­gency of their ill­ness be­fore go­ing to the emer­gency de­part­ment, which will get busier as flu sea­son gets un­der­way.

PRHC’s Pe­di­atric Ur­gent Care Clinic will con­tinue to of­fer ex­tended af­ter-hours care through the month of De­cem­ber for chil­dren with ur­gent but non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries or ill­nesses. For more in­for­ma­tion and clinic hours, visit www.prhc.on.ca/ cms/pop-ur­gent-care. PRHC urges fam­i­lies to take chil­dren to their fam­ily physi­cian if pos­si­ble.

Mean­while the Peter­bor­ough Fam­ily Health Team launched new clin­ics for peo­ple without doc­tors: The Peter­bor­ough Vir­tual Care Clinic in Peter­bor­ough and PFHT Clinic in Lake­field.

Unat­tached pa­tients who visit the clin­ics will be placed on a wait list for a new fam­ily doc­tor. Pa­tients with a fam­ily doc­tor can ac­cess same-day ap­point­ments and the Ex­tended Hours Ser­vice. For de­tails, visit www.pe­ter­bor­oughfht.com.

Pa­tients should talk to their fam­ily doc­tor or nurse prac­ti­tioner or call Tele­health On­tario (24 hours) at 1-866-797-0000. Pa­tients who are at risk of com­pli­ca­tions should seek med­i­cal ad­vice.Flu shots are rec­om­mended for ev­ery­one over six months.

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