With flu season in full swing, several hospitals in Quebec are experiencing overcrowding due to an increase of patients.
IndexSanté shows dozens of hospitals in the province that are currently over capacity.
“Across Quebec, emergency rooms are currently experiencing very high occupancy rates. Avoid unnecessary travel and prolonged wait times in the emergency department. If you have a health problem, it is important to consult in the right place,” said Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) in a release.
CHUM and other provincial hospitals highlight the following health problems as reasons to go to the emergency room:
- Severe chest pain and difficulty breathing (signs of heart attack)
- Strong stomach pain (abdomen)
- Signs of worsening infection, such as flu or gastroenteritis:
- Not being able to drink or eat for several hours;
- Have difficulty walking or standing
- Have trouble staying awake/ drowsiness
“If you are not well and you need to see a doctor but your life is not in danger, head to a walk-in clinic. You can see a doctor, take X-rays or take blood tests for urgent cases. It is advisable to call before you go,” said CHUM.