In light of the season, please see the graphic below regarding if you should go to the ER vs. Urgent Care or your Primary Care Physician. If you follow the world of EMS or any of the scanner news pages, you will have seen that a lot of hospitals have been going on full Divert for hours at a time almost every day.
What does this mean? This means that when there is an emergency call and we transport a patient via ambulance, our options on what hospital to take the patient to are now limited as we are not to go to a hospital on Divert.
Why is this happening? In a lot of cases the ER's are becoming over-crowded with patients with flu like symptoms, especially around this time of year.
Please take the following advice into consideration when making the choice to get your symptoms treated. As always, if you're unsure or feel that there is an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.
Stay safe out there!