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Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital offers "virtual emergency room"

TORONTO — A hospital in midtown Toronto is offering a "virtual emergency room" so patients can see a doctor without risking exposure to COVID-19.
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TORONTO — A hospital in midtown Toronto is offering a "virtual emergency room" so patients can see a doctor without risking exposure to COVID-19.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre says the service is available for anyone over the age of 16 with a valid Ontario health card.

The hospital says patients will connect with the doctor via secure video on the same day, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Virtual 15-minute appointments are available Monday to Friday, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the online booking system opening at noon every weekday.

Sunnybrook says that the service is intended for non-life threatening injuries or sickness.

Examples of symptoms or conditions that the hospital says the online system is designed for include bites and stings, rashes, frostbite or sprains and minor injuries.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2020.

The Canadian Press