Holiday health tips and service options

Holiday health tips and service options

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Winnipeg Health Region has compiled a list of tips to help you stay well during the holiday season and avoid unwanted trips to the Emergency Department.

The Region is also issuing a reminder to everyone about how to access services during Christmas and New Year's, should the need arise.

Lori Lamont, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Winnipeg Health Region, says Emergency Departments often see an increase in the number of people seeking help for cold and flu-type symptoms during the month of December.

"Many people get run down, feel stress, or overindulge at this time of year - all of this can have a negative impact on health and end up with a visit to one of our Emergency Departments," she said.
As a result, Lamont says it is important for everyone to "prepare for good health along with their gifts and parties over the holiday season."

Here are a few tips that can help you avoid a trip to the ED:

  • Get prescriptions filled in advance as many pharmacies will have shortened hours and closures.
  • Check with your family physician to confirm holiday office hours.
  • Have phone numbers of family, friends, and neighbours who are available over the holidays to help if a health need arises;
  • Get plenty of rest; being well rested will help keep you healthy.
  • Wash your hands frequently - especially during larger group and family events where germs can be spread easily.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and ensure food is properly cooked and refrigerated to avoid food-borne illnesses.
  • Use moderation in all holiday activities, try not to overindulge when eating and drinking.
  • Take care with weather conditions and caution on icy areas, don't over-do physical activities such as snow shoveling.

If you do need to access health-care services during the holidays, choose from one of the options below:  

Health Links - Info Santé

Nurses are available by phone to provide advice regarding symptoms of influenza, food borne illness, frostbite and any other health-related questions you may have. Call 204-788-8200.

Urgent Care

For health concerns that require urgent care but are not a life-threatening emergency, visit Urgent Care at Victoria Hospital (2340 Pembina Highway). Urgent Care is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Minor Injury Clinic

For minor injuries that still require urgent care, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, sprains, cuts and bruises, visit the Pan Am Minor Injury Clinic (75 Poseidon Bay). The Minor Injury Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Walk-In Clinics

Finding out the hours of your local walk-in clinic before the holidays start is a good idea. Don't assume, they're not open, some are.

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Services

If in crisis, mental health professionals from the Mobile Crisis Service are available 24/7 by calling 940-1781.

Current Health News

Information about current health issues in Winnipeg is available on the main page of

Emergency Care

In the case of emergencies, call 911 for an ambulance or head to the nearest emergency department. If you believe it is a cardiac-related emergency call 911 immediately.

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