Important information on COVID-19 / Renseignements importants sur la COVID-19!

We are asking all patients and visitors coming to HSN to please wear a mask as an added step to reduce the spread of germs and protect vulnerable patients. Handmade masks are acceptable as are those available at retailers in our community. Patients going for a procedure where they must remove their mask will be asked to store it with their personal items. If you arrive at the hospital as a patient or care partner and do not have a mask, one will be provided to you and you will be expected to wear it during your time at HSN to keep yourself, other patients and care partners and our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers safe.

Before coming to the hospital, please check our COVID-19 info page for updates.

    Opioid Use - Get the Facts

    Consumers can prevent harm from opioid use 

    Myth: If I start taking opioid medication, I will become addicted.
    Fact:   The chance of addiction is very low when opioids are taken for short-term pain relief. People who are addicted to opioids crave the medication and use it for reasons other than pain relief.

    Myth: Opioids stop working if I take them over a long period of time.
    Fact:  Sometimes the body gets used to medications that are taken over a long period of time, this is called tolerance. To solve this problem, medications or dosages may be changed.

    Possible Side Effects from Pain Medications

    You may experience some side effects from your pain medications. These are often mild and easy to treat. Let your nurse or healthcare provider know if you experience any of the following:

    • Itching
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Unrelieved pain
    • Sleepiness
    • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
    • Hallucinations