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November 19, 2009
Flu assessment centres relieve pressure on emergency departments
Toronto Public Health, working with community partners, has opened five flu assessment centres to relieve pressure on hospital emergency departments due to continuing H1N1 influenza activity. The centres, which are a component of the City's pandemic response plan, have already diverted dozens of patients from busy emergency departments and provided much needed medical care and support.

Flu Assessment Centres provide health assessment, treatment and referral services for people who have flu-like symptoms. They do not offer vaccine.

The five flu assessment centres are:

• The Scarborough Hospital - Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 3000 Lawrence Ave. E., Building A, 2nd Floor
• South East Toronto Family Health Team - Monday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 840 Coxwell Ave., Suite 105
• York Community Services - Monday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 1651 Keele St., Main Floor
• Humber River Regional Hospital - Monday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Finch Professional Building, 2115 Finch Ave. W., Main Floor
• Sherbourne Health Centre - Monday - Friday, 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. , Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 333 Sherbourne St.

Most people who get sick with the flu recover fully without treatment. However, anyone who thinks they have may H1N1 and may need medical treatment should make an appointment with a doctor. If they don't have a doctor or access to a walk-in clinic, then the flu assessment centres can provide treatment and referral services. Flu assessment centres do not take the place of emergency rooms and do not treat people with severe illness.

For further information on the flu assessment centres visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling,
Toronto Public Health,



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