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No need to avoid the emergency room during pandemic: Vancouver ER doctor (Dr. Eric Grafstein, VCH & PHC)

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Dr. Eric Grafstein, head of emergency medicine for the Vancouver Coastal Health Region, is cautioning people not to neglect their own health in an attempt to keep emergency rooms clear during the pandemic.

“When we look at our data we see that certain types of complaints have gone down significantly–things like chest pain, and abdominal pain–and we’re concerned that people that probably should be seeking care are either worried that the emergency departments aren’t safe, or are trying to protect the departments themselves from being too busy,” he says.

Health Minister Adrian Dix reported this week that ER visits province-wide dropped by about half between March 9 and March 30.

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