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What we’re doing at Epilepsy Toronto

We have closed the Epilepsy Toronto Office until further notice and have cancelled all in-person support groups, workshops and events for now.

We continue to offer individual counselling services over the phone or through online face-to-face platforms. Click here to see a list of our staff with their phone extensions and email addresses. We are also hosting virtual workshops, information sessions and webinars every week. You can find a list of our online events here.

Please reach out if you need us.

Epilepsy Toronto is determined, now more than ever, to continue providing support to those that need us the most.  If you are able, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our efforts. Thank you!

Information about COVID-19

Keeping informed about the virus is key to preventing it’s spread. Below are some helpful resources with up-to-date information about the virus and tips on how to help prevent its spread.

Epilepsy Toronto’s Webinar Series

COVID-19 & Epilepsy Webinar

Click below to watch our Webinar on COVID-19 and Epilepsy with Neurologist Dr Evan Lewis (Neurology Centre of Toronto) and Nurse Practitioner Ivanna Yau (Sickkids). Click here to download a FAQ fact sheet about COVID19. 

Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 Webinar

Click below to watch our Webinar with Dr. David Gold, a staff neuropsychologist at Toronto Western Hospital, about anxiety management strategies during COVID-19.

Working from Home During COVID-19 Webinar

Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Specialist Jesse Preston, and long time client/member and occasional staff member, Lindsay Yeo (with years of working from home experience), give a presentation chock-full of tools to help you face the challenges of working from home, followed by a live Q&A.

Epilepsy Medication and COVID-19 Webinar

A discussion with clinical pharmacist, Laura Wang, and neurologist, Dr. Bercovici, about epilepsy medications during COVID-19, followed by a live Q&A.

Managing Family/Household Dynamics During COVID-19 Webinar

Our Director of Adult Services, Rosie Smith, chats with registered family therapist, professor and author, Theo Selles, to discuss strategies to help you and your household manage during this challenging time. Followed by a live Q&A.

Epilepsy Medication

For more information and updates about epilepsy medication, visit our Updates About Epilepsy Medication page. 

More COVID-19 Resources

Here are some helpful links with up-to-date information about the virus and tips on how to help prevent its spread.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you or a person in your household have developed flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath, please seek appropriate medical advice. Symptomatic patients should self-isolate while waiting to reach Telehealth Ontario or seeking medical attention.

Who should visit an Assessment Centre? 

  • People with mild symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and joint aches, and may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains) OR fever, AND
  • Are at high risk of transmission to larger groups of people including:
    • Those who work within at-risk settings including any healthcare setting (e.g., acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospitals; primary care; paramedics; long-term care homes; retirement homes; reactivation centres; dialysis centres), congregate settings (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, respite centres, correctional facilities); school or childcare centre; first responders (police, paramedics, firefighters – if they have not already been tested through their own Occupational Health and Safety Department)
    • Those who reside in vulnerable settings including acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation hospitals; long-term care homes; retirement homes; reactivation centres; congregate settings (e.g. homeless shelters, group homes, respite centres, correctional facilities) and those who are patients at dialysis centres

Click HERE for a list of Toronto Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

Who should visit their nearest emergency department?

People who have symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose, and joint aches, and may also include nausea, diarrhea and stomach pains) and any of the following more severe symptoms:

  • shortness of breath when walking, exercising, or at rest, which is unusual
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • weakness that impairs ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as showering, preparing meals, and dressing
  • lethargy or drowsiness
  • dizziness

If you are not well enough to take personal transportation, call 911.

The following infants and children should also be assessed in the emergency department:

  • Infants under 3 months of age with fever or trouble breathing or appear unwell
  • Children and infants over 3 months of age with any of the following:
    • Fever longer than 7 days
    • fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • bluish skin colour
    • not drinking enough fluids
    • not waking up or not interacting
    • being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • fever with a rash
    • constant vomiting

Unsure?

People who are unsure should:

  • call their primary care provider, or
  • call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse who will guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person, or
  • check the online assessment tool 

Thank you and stay healthy!