The Montreal Children's Hospital is lifting an emergency alert less than a day after warning parents of children requiring non-urgent care that it wouldn't be able to provide them with services.
In a news release sent Sunday afternoon, the hospital said it was dealing with a "high volume" of patients needing critical care. It urged parents who were considering going to its emergency room to instead consult their doctor, go to a rapid access clinic or call Info-Santé at 811 if their case was not urgent.
The hospital said it would not able to care for patients whose ailments fall under categories 4 and 5, which are considered to be the least urgent when triaging patients in Quebec hospital emergency rooms.
On Monday morning, the hospital said it is now able to resume normal activities.
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"The Montreal Children's Hospital advises the public that its emergency department is resuming normal operations," the Children's Hospital said in a written statement.
"However, our teams would like to remind the public that people with non-urgent and non-severe health problems should turn to resources other than the emergency department at all times."
Montreal public health's website lists a minor allergic reaction as an example of a medical situation that would fall under Category 4 and gastroenteritis and urinary tract infection symptoms as Category 5.