We are screening everyone for flu-like symptoms!As the winter months approach this year, so does the flu and respiratory illness season! When coming to St. Joe's it's important that everyone washes their hands frequently to stop the spread of illness. Hand sanitizing stations are at all of our main entrances and throughout our buildings.
There is currently no change to our visiting hours or policies.
However, we are actively screening for Febrile Respiratory Illness. This means when you come to the hospital you will be asked if you have a new or worse cough or shortness of breath and feeling feverish. If you answer yes to any of these you will be asked to put on a mask to prevent you from spreading the illness to other patients, visitors and our staff.
Knowing your health care options helps everyone to make sure that those patients with the most serious conditions are seen quickly in our Emergency Department.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor’s office to determine whattype of care you need.
If your doctor's office is closed, or if you don't have a family doctor, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a nurse who will help with any health related question. Telehealth is free and they are open 24 hours a day.
As always if you condition is serious, please visit your nearest Emergency Department.
To find health care options in your community, visit ontario.ca/healthcareoptions or call 1-866-330-6206
To find a list of flu shot clinics in the City of Toronto, click here.
If you don’t have a health care provider, you can register for the Health Care Connect Program or call: 1-800-445-1822.
Flu Symptoms are:
cough and fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite
How to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer.
- Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy.
- Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand.
- Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected.
- Stay home if you’re sick. Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen.
- Get your flu shot!
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Page last updated: October 10, 2012