Ask Nurse Colleen: Telehealth

When my daughter was a new Mom for the first time and loving academia, she read all the literature that she could find. Her favorite books were the series, What to Expect…, by by Sandee Hathaway, Arlene Eisenberga and Heidi Murkoff. For the first baby she did everything by the book. The second child not so much, and now with her third baby my daughter has developed her own style of being a Mom and thrown most written and oral advice to the wind. Practice does make it easier.

In Ontario (Telehealth Ontario), Alberta, Quebec and Nova Scotia there are telehealth lines that you can call to get advice; ask questions regarding your medications (speak to a pharmacist); they also tell you when to go to ER with a medical problem or see a doctor. In Ontario this service can also direct you to other health care services in your city such as Community Care Access Centres (CCAC), mental health services; lactation consultants, midwives, chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists. My daughter has used this service when she was not sure what do, even though she has a very educated (and experienced) health care professional Mom. Telehealth Ontario is free and open 24 Hours a day, 7 days a Week. You talk to a real Registered Nurse — 1-866-797-0000     TTY : 1-866-797-0007

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