Flu activity is currently high in our community, and the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) wants to help ensure you are protected from the virus. Here are some tips to stay healthy this flu season.
The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC), similar to other hospitals in the province, has been experiencing a peak in flu activity with an increased volume of patients presenting with respiratory illnesses. In response, a ‘High Risk Influenza Status’ has been declared today at the Health Centre.
“As our hospital is committed to patient safety, a High Risk Influenza Status means heightened awareness and infection control measures are in place,” says Mark Daniw, NBRHC Manager of Infection Control. “The hospital strongly encourages all staff, physicians, volunteers and visitors to get their flu shot. This not only protects them from the flu, but also helps prevent spreading the virus to those who may be more vulnerable like very young children or the elderly.”
Daniw says during this time the hospital also appreciates the cooperation and patience from the community. “We ask visitors to follow any instructions posted throughout the Health Centre and to consider postponing their visit with patients if they are feeling unwell themselves,” says Daniw.
The NBRHC wants to help ensure our community and patients are protected, and that individuals seek medical attention if required. As the Emergency Department is currently seeing a surge, please familiarize yourself with the healthcare options available for non-urgent care such as Telehealth Ontario or walk-in clinic availability.
Assistant, Communications Department
North Bay Regional Health Centre
705-474-8600 x 3131