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Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The Emergency/ICU program consists of the Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit. Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a physician on call at all times.

 

Nurses and physicians are available to provide expert and immediate care to those requiring treatment for sudden and serious medical and surgical emergencies.

 

The Emergency Department is a designated district stroke centre which provides acute stroke care. A neurologist is on-call 24/7 through Telemedicine to assess stroke patients who arrive within the first three and a half hours of symptom onset.

 

To serve you better, we have implemented a five-level triage system. Highest priority is given to those who are critically ill. Upon assessment, people with emergencies will be treated first.

 

The goals of triage:

  • To rapidly identify patients with life-threatening conditions
  • To determine the most appropriate treatment
  • To decrease congestion in emergency treatment areas

 

Every patient will be seen by a registered nurse with special skills and training in triage. Patients should let the nurse know if their condition gets worse.

 

Our Emergency Department consists of two areas, one of which is Zone B for lower acuity patients. Zone B is not a walk-in clinic. Patients may be sent to Zone B based on their assessment by the triage nurse.

 

Our Emergency Department physicians will not prescribe, renew or replace lost pills or narcotics for chronic conditions. They also will not prescribe medical marijuana or other controlled substances. Your family physician must be consulted for these prescriptions.

 

The Intensive Care Unit provides acute care for adult patients who are generally unstable, critically ill or in urgent need of advanced monitoring and treatments of an intensive care unit.

 

The ED/ICU is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, social services, pastoral care, crisis intervention, volunteer services, speech, occupational and physiotherapists.

 

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Clinical Manager at extension 8502.

 

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