The RVH's Emergency department cares for patients whose health problems need immediate attention and cannot wait to be seen by a family doctor throughout Barrie and surrounding communities.
All patients who come to the Emergency department are offered care according to the priority of their condition compared to other patients in the department. The Emergency department provides emergency care to over 86,000 patients every year or approximately 275 patients daily.
RVH’s Emergency department is very busy place treating hundreds of patients every day. Emergency department visits usually happen in a rush, but it is important to remember to bring the patient’s health card and any current medications. When you arrive, you’ll be assessed by a nurse, but remember, the most serious patients are treated first.
Is your health issue less critical? A local walk-in clinic may be an effective, quicker option.
To search for a walk-in clinic near you, click on the document below:
ED Walk in clinics.pdf
If you are currently experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911 to speak with Emergency Medical Services about having
an ambulance sent to you.
Please bring a list of all the medications
you are currently taking, and any allergies
that you might have to the
Please do not eat or drink anything unless
a doctor or nurse tells you that
An empty stomach is required for surgery
and for certain
Please check with your nurse before you go
to the bathroom as
samples may be required for testing.
Manager: Donna Parks
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
You may be asked to limit your visitors to one at a time. This helps to ensure health centre staff has 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.
Your Emergency Team
To support you, RVH's Emergency department team consists of physicians, nurses,
attendants, technicians, crisis/social workers, clerical/support staff, and
volunteers. 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
The nurse at the triage desk will ask you about your health problem and your medical history. The nurse will then 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. This 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 served basis, but rather according to the severity of their illness relative to other patients in the Emergency department.
Following assessment by the triage nurse a chart will be made for you at the registration desk. You may be asked to wait in the waiting room until an examination room is available. If your condition changes while you are waiting, please tell the nurse at the triage desk. When an examination room becomes available, a primary nurse will ask you more detailed questions about your health condition.The primary nurse and an Emergency Physician will examine you and assess your condition.
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 to be. This will include any tests or treatments to be undertaken while in the health centre.
A staff member will inquire about your preferred type of accommodation if there is an option available, and ask about any supplemental insurance that you might have that covers semi-private or private accommodation. Private or semi-private rooms cannot be guaranteed, even if you have coverage for them. We will endeavour to move you up to your assigned room as soon as possible. If the health centre is full, however, there may be delays.
Care at Home
You will be given instructions on how to care for yourself at home. It is very important that you understand and follow these instructions. If you are uncertain about any of the instructions, be sure to ask before you leave the health centre. You may need to make a follow-up appointment with your family doctor.
Care at Home Brochures:
If you would like to speak with a Registered Nurse regarding a possible emergency, please contact
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
Mental Health: 1-866-531-2600
Poison Control: 1-800-268-9017
If you feel that you need to follow up with a concern following a visit, please
The Patient Representative Office: 705-728-9090 Ext. 44510
North Simcoe Muskoka Healthline
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care