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Emergency Services


Visitor Exceptions for the Emergency Department: No visitors permitted unless deemed necessary by care team, or if accompanying a minor.

If you are currently experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911

RVH Emergency Department
Your Emergency Team
Upon Arrival to the Emergency
What to bring
Why do I have to wait?
If you are admitted
Care At home
Visitor Information 
Community & ED Resources 

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Phone: 705-728-9802 x46611

201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON L4M 6M2
Coming from Georgian Drive, use the Emergency Entrance and drive straight to the Emergency drop off or parking.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week



RVH Emergency Department

• The RVH's Emergency Department (ED) cares for patients whose health problems need immediate attention and cannot wait to be seen by a family doctor throughout Barrie and surrounding communities. 

• RVH's Emergency department is very busy place treating hundreds pf patient every day.  Emergency department visits usually happen unexpectedly. It is important to remember to bring a valid health card and any current medications with you.  When you arrive, you will be assessed by a nurse. Please remember, the most serious patients are treated first. 

• There are four care areas in the ED.  Patients are placed in each area according to their particular health needs.  Care areas may have stretchers or recliner chairs.

• There will be times when your visit to the ED may take several hours, especially when the department is extremely busy and dependent on tests that may be needed. 


RVH Emergency Team

To support you, RVHs Emergency department team consists of:
• Doctors
• Nurses
• Clerical/support staff
• Crisis/social workers
• Volunteers.
• Other health professionals

During your visit, you may also see students/residents who are completing a crucial part of their education; gaining real-life experience with real patients. They are always closely supervised according to their level of experience.  


Upon Arrival to the Emergency

Have your health card ready and be prepared to speak with a pre-triage screening nurse.   
You will be called by name to the Triage desk.

An assessment of your illness or injury will be done by a Triage Nurse. The nurse will assess the urgency of your condition and assign you a priority level that will assist in determining the order in which you will be seen. The triage score is derived from a standardized, evidence based approach that is uniform across the province, and most of Canada
• The nature of emergency care means that patients cannot be seen on a first come first serve basis, but rather according to the severity of their illness relative to other patients in the Emergency department.
• Following your assessment at the Triage desk, a chart will be made. After completion, you will either be assigned a bed or be asked to wait in the waiting area. If your condition changes while you are waiting, please inform the nurse at the triage desk/waiting room
• Once an exam room becomes available in your area, you will be brought in and a primary nurse will ask you more detailed questions about your health concern. The nurse and an Emergency Physician will examine you and assess your condition.


What to bring

• Health Card (OHIP Card)
• Photo ID that includes your current address
• Your current phone number, if you have one
• List of your allergies and any medications that you are on
• Next of kin (if possible, have a family member or next of kin with you at your visit for support)
• Parents: When bringing your child to the ED, if possible please bring enough snacks, drinks, bottles, diapers, your child's favourite toy, and activates for your child as they may be here for some time depending on their condition and course of treatment. 

When accompanying an elderly patient/or meeting them at RVH, please ensure you bring warm clothes, coat and shoes as often times patients arrive by ambulance and don’t have the necessities to go home after discharge.



Why do I have to wait?

• The Emergency Department may appear quiet in the waiting room, but it may be very busy in the area where patients are being treated.  We do our best to care for you as quickly as possible.  Your co-operation helps us provide more timely care. 

• The Emergency Department does not operate on a first come, first serve basis.  All patients are seen by a triage nurse and assigned a triage level based on the Canadian Triage Acuity Scale (CTAS).  Patients are seen in the order of their triage level, not based on time of arrival.  This Triage approach allows us to give priority to those patients whose ailments are most severe and acute. 


• You may experience a wait time during your Emergency Department visit.  Please be patient.  Your health and safety are very important to us

• If your condition changes or worsens, please tell a nurse (at Triage, in the Waiting Room or your Primary Nurse)

• You may require diagnostic images (CT scan, x-ray, MRI, ultrasound), blood tests or other services as part of your treatment.  There may be a wait for these services.

• You may be required to see a specialist doctor in addition to the emergency doctor.  Please note that you may need to wait for these services.


If you are admitted

• Your doctor will write a set of orders to tell the staff what the reason and plan for your admission is. This will include any tests or treatments to be undertaken while at RVH.
• A staff member will inquire about your preferred type of accommodation if there is an option available. You may be asked about any supplemental insurance that you have (for semi private or private room etc). Private or semi-private rooms cannot be guaranteed, even if you have coverage.
• You will be moved to your assigned room as soon as possible. If the health centre is full, there may be delay in leaving the ED and recieving an inpatient bed.
• Patients who require admission to the hospital may be required to stay in the ED until a bed becomes available.

Care at Home

• Before you leave, members of our health care team will give you important information about your diagnosis, medications, community support services and instructions on caring for yourself at home. 

• After you leave RVH, we recommend you:

• Follow any instructions provided

• Take medications as directed

• Seek community support services as recommended

• Return as arranged for any follow up appointment or clinic visits

• Follow up with your family physician to ensure you have made a full recovery

Note: There may be costs billed directly to you as a result of our visit which are not covered by OHIP.  You may be billed for such items as ambulance, crutches, braces, and medical devices that are necessary for your care


Visitor Information

• You will be asked to limit visitors to one at a time in the ED. This helps to ensure the ED staff have enough space to perform their duties quickly and maintain privacy for all patients
• If you or a family member has a question or concern about the care you are receiving, please speak to a healthcare professional during your stay. Your opinions are important to us and we want to give you the best possible care

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Community & ED Resources



• Community Resources - 211
• Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
• Canadian Mental Heath Association (CMHA) : 1-866-531-2600
• Poison Control: 1-800-268-9017
• Walk in Clinics (add link)
• Barrie and Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services 705-725-7025 Ext 2120



•Women's and Children's shelter of Barrie – 705-721-9977

•The Salvation Army Bayside Mission Centre – 705-728-3737

•David Busby Centre – 705-739-6916


Additional Resources in the ED

The Emergency Department is staffed at all times by specially trained emergency physicians, nurses, clerks and allied health professionals.

You may also see:
Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Nurses – For patients over the age of 65, a specialized frailty-focused nursing services exists in our Emergency Department.  The GEM team provide geriatric assessments for physical, mental and functional abilities with a goal to enhance the patient's daily living in the community to maintain their independence.

Crisis Services – RVH's Crisis Team provides 24/7 services to the Emergency Department. 

Other services you may see are:
Discharge planners
Respiratory Therapists (RTs) – for health teaching and home oxygen assessments
Pharmacy Technicians doing medication reconciliation
Diabetic Educators
Language interpretation (24 hours a day/7 days a week) can be arranged
Spiritual Care (24 hours a day/7 days a week) can be arranged

Additional Resources: 

The Barrie and Community Family Medicine Clinics

Huronia Urgent Care Clinic

Bracebridge Medical Centre

South Muskoka Medical Centre and Walk-in Clinic

South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre Walk-in Clinic

Ontario Health Care Options


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