Planning for the Holidays

be safe. have fun. be healthy.

The holiday season brings predictable challenges to the health system. We are working with all of our health service partners to ensure that our health system is ready to meet your health needs now, and over the busy holidays.

But everyone has a role to play in ensuring health and wellness. Below are some resources that may be helpful to you and your family. As we get more information from our health service partners, we’ll update this list.

Wishing all of you health, wellness and happy holidays.

What you can do

Check your medications before the holidays. Do you need any prescriptions filled? Do you have cold and flu medications for adults and children to avoid middle-of-the-night trips to the pharmacy?

Be sure you know when your family doctor/primary care provider and/or pharmacy is available over the holidays should you need care. You can also ask if they offer back-up coverage.

Make sure all of your medical equipment (glucometer, supplies, inhalers, oxygen supports) are in good working condition and well stocked.

Find out if there are urgent care clinics/walk in clinics in your area that will be open to help you with non-urgent needs.

Wash your hands and clean your space more often to avoid catching or spreading the flu and other illnesses. Sneeze into a tissue and keep both tissues and hand sanitizer readily available for you and any guests.

Important Resources

The holidays are often stressful and overwhelming. If you need help with mental health or addictions concerns, or someone to talk to you can call Here 24/7: 1-844-437-3247

Call Telehealth: 1-866-797-000 for free, confidential health advice and information

Keep Your Food Safe This Holiday Season

Tips for Healthy Living

Information about the flu, flu shot and where to go

Guelph General Hospital's Tips to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Grand River Hospital Emergency Department Wait Times, Local Urgent Care Centres and Hours of Operation

St. Mary's General Hospital Emergency Department Wait Times, Local Urgent Care Centres and Hours of Operation

Groves / North Wellington Tips to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Walk-in Clinic Information for Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo

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