Opinion: Don’t let pandemic deter taking your sick child to emergency

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Emergency entrance, in Edmonton Alta. File photo. DAVID BLOOM/Postmedia


Dr. Shannon Scott, Dr. Lisa Hartling, Hannah M. Brooks

Edmonton Journal



The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on how health information is communicated, how individuals seek health information and services, and how these services are delivered. There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of children and families seeking health care, as well as delays in seeking health care.


Visiting the emergency department (ED) can be scary and overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what to expect and you’re trying to care for your sick child. It’s become even more challenging for families because of changes to hospital policies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


It’s important for families to understand essential health information and know when to use health services. This helps parents and families make informed decisions so that their children receive the care they need, when they need it.

For resources on what to expect when visiting the ED, check out our video and infographic or visit our tools page.


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