March 31, 2003

SARS clinic opens in Markham

NEWMARKET - The Province of Ontario and the Regional Municipality of York Health Services Department in collaboration with Markham-Stouffville Hospital is opening a dedicated SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Assessment Clinic at 6824 Hwy. 7 at the Ninth Line in Markham on Tuesday April 1st.

The clinic will open its doors at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. It will assess and screen those people who are concerned that they may have exposed to or have contracted SARS, but not those people who have already been diagnosed. Clinic staff will ensure that people who have been exposed are safely isolated and cared for in an environment that will help contain the spread of SARS.

The hours of the SARS Assessment Clinic will be:

Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Outside of these hours, people should contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or go to the closest open hospital emergency room.

People visiting the clinic are reminded of the following:

What to Expect at the Clinic:



Note to Media: Dr. Hanif Kassam, Acting Medical Officer of Health for York Region, and Mr. Lorne Zon, Vice-President, Markham-Stouffville Hospital, will meet with the media outside the clinic at 8:00 a.m.

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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