April 16, 2003

New hours of operation for Markham SARS Assessment Clinic and Health Connection

To better meet the needs of York Region residents, the hours of operation for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Assessment Clinic in Markham will change. Effective Friday, April 18, the Clinic will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. The Clinic will also be closed on Sunday, April 20, 2003.

Those wishing to visit a Clinic on April 20 can go to the Scarborough SARS Assessment Clinic at 2867 Ellesmere Road, located on the east side of Rouge Valley Health System's Centenary site, just north of the emergency department. This Clinic is open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.

People visiting a SARS Assessment Clinic are reminded of the following:

Outside the hours of Clinic operation, people should contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, which now operates from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week, or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

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

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