Make the right choice!
Unfortunately, health problems do not take a vacation. If you're sick or worried about your health or the health of a loved one during Thanksgiving, other options than the emergency room are available.
Go to the Make the right choice! section at any time to find out who and when to consult.
- Info-Santé nurses are available 24/7 all year round. They can recommend what to do, based on specific clinical protocols. They can also tell you when you should see a doctor and who to see, if necessary. Call 8-1-1.
- If you have a family doctor, contact him or her.
- If you don’t have a family doctor, contact the clinic where you usually go. You can also book an appointment online through platforms such as the Québec Medical Appointment Scheduler (RVSQ).
- If you need to see a doctor, many clinics have long opening hours (12 hours a day) and are open weekends (8 hours a day). You can see a doctor, get x-rays or have blood tests, if your case is urgent.
- Your pharmacist can prescribe medications for certain minor conditions like common or easily recognized health problems that can be treated. Don’t hesitate to consult her or him.
- Do you have questions about medications or a health issue? Ask Your Pharmacist is an online service that provides free and easy access to pharmacists’s knowledge.
As a last resort, go to emergency if your situation requires it.
In case of psychological distress
- Are you feeling anxious or going through a difficult period? Call Info-Social at 8-1-1. Info-Social is a free, confidential psychosocial helpline. A social worker will answer your questions, give you advice and direct you to the right resource, if necessary.
Open or closed?
To find out what resources are available in Montréal, visit your district’s Web site or call before going there:
- CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (West-Central Montreal)
- CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
- CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
- CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal
- CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Montreal West Island)
- Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
- Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine (CHU Sainte-Justine)
- Centre universitaire de santé McGill - CUSM (McGill University Health Centre - MUHC)
- Institut de cardiologie de montréal
- Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel
To find out more about testing clinics go to santemontreal.qc.ca/en/coronavirus
Telephone numbers to keep on hand
- Suicide Action Montréal 1 866-277-3553
- SOS violence conjugale 1 800-363-9010
- Urgence-dépendance en toxicomanie 514 288-1515
- Drugs - Help and Referral 514 527-2626
- Centre ANTIPOISON 1 800 463-5060
- For community services 2-1-1
- For requests other than emergencies that involve the municipality, contact the city 3-1-1