Ross ER Busy over holidays

The onset of flu season and the increase in social gatherings over the holidays means healthcare providers can expect a surge in the number of people heading to the doctor.

With physicians’ offices closed for the holidays, many head to the Ross Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department.

There are also other health services available in the community that might be more appropriate, depending on a patient’s needs.

The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Organization’s After Hours Clinic at 55 Angeline Street N in Lindsay will be open for several hours each day December 24th and the 26th through the 31st.

The Kawartha North Family Health Team’s After Hours Clinic in Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls will be open for limited hours as well.

Most people with the flu are strongly encouraged to avoid the Emergency Department to prevent spreading the flu to others, but it can be difficult to know when and where to seek medical help.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care developed an online self-screening tool at, which also offers tips for managing flu symptoms at home.