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Santé Montréal


Health concerns during Thanksgiving? Make the right choice!

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 8-1-1

  • 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.

Family doctor

Walk-in clinics

  • 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.

Neighbourhood pharmacist

  • 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. 
Of course, if this is a life threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

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:


To find out more about testing clinics go to

Telephone numbers to keep on hand

Public, News, Réseau de la santé, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), CHU Sainte-Justine, CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM), Institut de cardiologie de Montréal, Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal

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Last Update : 24 October 2020