The Sudbury Regional Hospital is offering some advice on how the public can do its part to help prevent long waiting times in the emergency department.
First of all, patients should have a valid OHIP card with them when visiting the emergency department because it helps shorten registration times.
When patients show up without a valid OHIP card, the hospital's registration staff must initiate a procedure which involves calling the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for card validations.
People who have lost, damaged or expired cards should visit a ministry office as soon as possible to have them replaced.
Patients should also bring along all the medications they are taking or a current list of medications.
"This information is very important as it provides emergency department physicians with valuable information regarding their present medication regime as well as insight into what medical conditions they are currently being treated for," says Vanda Cooper, director of SRH's emergency and medical program, in a news release.
"Also, presenting medical conditions may be attributed to negative drug interactions and/or medication dosages."
While these steps can improve the hospital system, nobody will be turned away from the emergency department, say hospital administrators.