Dr. Somaiah Ahmed, chief and medical director of the emergency department at the Brant Community Healthcare System (Brantford General Hospital and Willett Hospital, Paris) has an important message for everyone this holiday season.
“If you are not feeling well, and your condition is not improving at home, please do not delay in seeking the most appropriate care. Do not allow fear of long waits to prevent you from accessing care.”
Ahmed said unfortunately, emergency department and urgent care centre physicians and staff often see the disadvantage when people wait too long before finally seeking care. “Health services can be very busy during Christmas and New Year’s so we understand why people can be hesitant. However, sometimes we let our guard down. So, I repeat, if your condition is not improving at home, please do not delay in getting the most appropriate care,” she said.
When deciding on the most appropriate care there are many choices. Dr. Scott Elliott, a family physician, said, “If you