Toronto hospital ER seeing ‘much longer than normal wait times’ for sick children TT News

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Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children is warning patients that its emergency department is currently experiencing beyond normal wait times and is warning them to be prepared.

In a tweet posted Tuesday evening, the research and pediatric hospital, also known as SickKids, says it is seeing high patient volume and “much longer than normal wait times” for non-emergency issues.

The hospital says the sickest patients will be seen first.

It is asking patients intending to visit the emergency department to prepare for their wait with water bottles, nut-free snacks, phone chargers and entertainment.

SickKids says patients can assess whether they should go to a hospital emergency department or an urgent care clinic by first talking to their primary care provider or visiting the AboutKidsHealth education website.

Last week, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa tweeted a similar message that its emergency department was experiencing overcrowding and asked patients to come prepared with snacks, blankets and toys to make the wait as comfortable as possible. can go

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