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Valley Regional Hospital

Valley Regional Hospital, which opened in 1992, serves the people of Kings and Annapolis Counties. It provides specialty services as a referral centre for the Annapolis Valley and other areas of Western Nova Scotia.

Contact

Patient Switchboard: 902-679-3315 
Administrative Switchboard: 902-678-7381

Visiting Hours

Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please check with nursing staff if you want to visit outside of the standard visiting hours.

*Learn more about NSHA's Family Presence Policy, which welcomes up to two people named by the patient to be their family or primary support person/people.

Parking

A $3 parking fee will be charged when you exit the parking lot. Please make sure you have the correct change before leaving the hospital. Change machines are located in the lobby and in the emergency department. 

WiFi and Internet Access

Free public WiFi.

Semi-private and Private Rooms in Nova Scotia Hospitals

  • Private room: Includes one bed and one washroom. You can find current rates here.
  • Semi-private room: Includes two beds separated by curtains and one washroom. You can find current rates here.

Space in our private and semi-private rooms is limited. The sooner we have your insurance information the more likely we are to be able to accommodate your request.

When the booking clerk calls with your hospital admission date, let them know you are interested in a private or semi-private room.

When you are admitted, be sure to have your private insurance card with you and let the admitting clerk know you have requested a private or semi-private room.TV & Phone in your Room

You can find updated information about costs associated with semi-private and private Rooms in the hospital here.

Fees and Bill Payments

You can find updated information about fees and bill payments for Canadians and out of country patients here.

TV and Phone in your Room

TV Service

TVs are located in most patient rooms. There may be a connection and service fee. 
     
Phone Service

Each patient room has a phone that receives incoming calls. Patients can dial 499 to make arrangements for service to place outgoing calls. There is a fee for this service.

Inpatient Meals

During your stay, you will receive breakfast, lunch and supper daily. If you follow a special diet or have food-related allergies or sensitivities, let us know when you arrive.

When you are admitted, you will receive a service menu. To order your meal, dial 444 and place your order with our call centre staff. This service is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Cafeteria and Vending Machines

Cafeteria 
Hours of operation:  
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. 
Weekends and holidays: Closed 

Kiosk 
Hours of operation: 
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Weekends and Holidays: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gift Shop

The Apple Cart 
Hours of operation: 
Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m. 
Sundays and holidays: 1 p.m.to 4p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m.

Spiritual Spaces and Quiet Rooms

The chapel is located on level two and is open 24 hours a day.

There is a coordinating chaplain on staff at the hospital. You can reach the coordinating chaplain at 902-678-7381 ext. 2252.

There are also community clergy of most faiths and denominations who can be contacted. Some denominations have lay pastoral visitors to visit members of their own church or denomination.

Bank Machines

Bank machines are located in the lobby and in the Emergency Department.

Having a Baby at Valley Regional Hospital

Watch this video to find out everything you need to know about having a baby at Valley Regional Hospital:

 

Visit our Women and Children's Health page to learn more about our programs and services.

Diabetes Centre

Specimen Testing Dropoff Site

Water Testing Dropoff Site

tue May 21 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
fri May 24 Closed
sat May 25 Closed
sun May 26 Closed
mon May 27 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

(902) 679-2657 x3412

Water sample must be collected the same morning as drop-off and not the evening before using the water testing bottle and requisition provided by NS Health. E. coli & Coliform testing is a white top 100 ML bottle / Chemical & Mineral testing it is a black top 200 ML bottle

Sample Bottle Pick-Up for Water Testing

VRH Business Office Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or at the Information Desk located in the YRH main lobby

Blood Collection Location

Community-Based Cancer Clinics

Emergency Care Site

tue May 21 Open 24 hours
wed May 22 Open 24 hours
thu May 23 Open 24 hours
fri May 24 Open 24 hours
sat May 25 Open 24 hours
sun May 26 Open 24 hours
mon May 27 Open 24 hours

The emergency department has a separate entrance. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you need help immediately, call 911.

To access the mental health mobile crisis team call 902-429-8167 or toll-free at 1-888-429-8167. This is a 24 hour, seven days a week phone service to help you or your loved one cope with mental health and addiction challenges in the moment. 

You can also find estimated wait times for Valley Regional Hospital and other select locations:

NSH Emergency Department wait times

Clinics, Programs and Services

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Testing

Offered at 9 locations

A bone density scan measures how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone.

The scan may help your health care provider to determine...

tue May 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed May 22 Closed
thu May 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri May 24 Closed
sat May 25 Closed
sun May 26 Closed
mon May 27 Closed

A physician referral is required to access this service.

Contact:
902-465-8318

How do I change or cancel an appointment?
Please call 1-844-I-REBOOK (1-844-473-2665). You will be asked to select the location of your appointment and service.


You will be connected with a team member who can cancel your appointment and help arrange for a new appointment. 

Breast Screening (External Site)

Offered at 10 locations

Breast screening in Nova Scotia is administered by the Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program.

You can find them at https://nsbreastscreening.ca/

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

To book a screening appointment, women over the age of 40 who have no breast problems and no breast implants may self-refer by calling:

HRM: 473-3960

Toll-Free: 1-800-565-0548

A file will be made for you when you Call to book your screening mammogram appointment that includes your name, date of birth, mailing address and health card number. You do not need to have a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. However, please provide us with the name of your family doctor so that we can forward information regarding your mammogram results.

This service is available for all asymptomatic women over the age of 40 who have a current Canadian Health Card. Please have your health card ready when you call.

Cancer Patient Navigation

Offered at 8 locations

Cancer Patient Navigators are registered nurses with in-depth knowledge of cancer and the cancer system. They work with you, your family and your cancer care team throughout your treatment and...

Topics

Any health care provider may refer a patient, or a patient or family member can refer themselves.

Contact:
Chantal Boudreau: 902-541-0044
Chantal.Boudreau@nshealth.ca

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Offered at 13 locations

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program to support your heart health and management of cardiovascular risk factors to decrease your risk for cardiac events.  There are many benefits to attending cardiac...

Bridgewater & Area Family Health Centre

South Shore Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program

Phone: 902-527-2417 
Fax: 902-543-8895

You need a physician referral to access this program.

CAT Scan (CT)

Offered at 13 locations

CAT scans are a series of images that are made by a highly sophisticated computer and X-ray machine. CAT scans give more detailed pictures of bone and soft tissue organs...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

A referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner is required.

Tel: 902-567-7778

How do I cancel/change my appointment?

Please call 1-844-I-REBOOK (1-844-473-2665). You will be asked to select the location of your CT scan appointment.

You will be connected with a team member who can cancel your appointment and help arrange for a new appointment. 

COPD - INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program

Offered at 11 locations

The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program brings together a team of professionals to provide education and support to people with COPD and their families in their homes to help them cope...

Topics

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tel: 902-567-0378
Fax: 902-563-7920
email: inspired@nshealth.ca

If you are a patient with moderate or advanced COPD who meets our eligibility criteria and would like to be part of the The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program, please ask your family physician or respirologist to fill out the INSPIRED COPD outreach Program referral form.

*What zone am I in?

 

Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)

Offered at 26 locations

NOTICE: Appointment booking for ECGs/EKGs will be unavailable Wednesday, May 15 from 0000 – 0600 for routine IT updates. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience...

Topics

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

General inquiries:
Tel: 902-567-7922

A referral (requisition) from your doctor and an appointment are required for an EKG.

Patients with requisitions for EKGs can book an appointment at this location online at https://booking.nshealth.ca

Fracture Liaison Service (FLS)

Offered at 3 locations

Over 80 per cent of fractures (broken bones) in patients over the age of 50 are caused by osteoporosis.  Already having a fracture places a person at much higher risk...

This is not a referral based program. The FLS Nurse will proactively identify patients presenting with the appropriate fracture types and follow up with them either as an inpatient or in the outpatient orthopaedic clinic.

The FLS clinic is located in room 1906
Tel: 902-465-8402
Fax: 902-460-4142

Heart Function Clinics

Offered at 5 locations

Nova Scotia Health offers heart function clinics in locations around the province.

Please note that this program varies by location.

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

This service is only available to clients referred by a specialist.

Contact:

Tel: 902-567-8066
Fax: 902-567-8161

Program Details

Cape Breton Heart Function Clinic

The Cape Breton Heart Function Clinic offers education, optimization of heart failure medication, and therapies for people who have suffered heart failure. Patients will see a nurse and a specialist which may include a registered dietitian.

The visit includes education, drug therapies and more.

Hip and Knee Pre-habilitation Program

Offered at 9 locations

The Hip and Knee Arthritis Pre-habilitation program helps you get mentally and physically ready for joint replacement surgery, so that you can have the best possible results from your surgery...

Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital

You will need a referral from the Orthopedic Assessment Clinic.

A completed referral form and updated X-rays are required to process the referral. Primary health care providers will need to arrange to have X-rays completed within one year, with specific views as indicated on the referral form.

Contact:

Tel: 902-258-1955

Hip Arthritis and Hip Replacement

Offered at 14 locations

There are many options to help lower your pain and have a better quality of life when you have hip pain that is caused by arthritis. Knowing the tools to...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

A completed referral form and updated X-rays are required to process the referral. Primary health care providers will need to arrange to have X-rays completed within one year, with specific views as indicated on the referral form.

Contact:

Switchboard: 902-567-8000

Note - This is not an Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) or Pre-habilitation Program Location

Interventional Radiology

Offered at 6 locations

Interventional radiology (also known as angiography) is a test guided by X-rays to diagnose or treat diseases in your body. These procedures are done using a needle and a narrow...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
wed May 22 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
thu May 23 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
fri May 24 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

A referral from a primary care provider is required to access this service.

Contact:

Tel: 902-567-7778

Knee Arthritis and Knee Replacement

Offered at 15 locations

There are many options to help lower your pain and have a better quality of life when you have knee pain that is often caused by arthritis. Knowing the tools...

Topics

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

A completed referral form and updated X-rays are required to process the referral. Primary health care providers will need to arrange to have X-rays completed within one year, with specific views as indicated on the referral form.

Contact:

Switchboard: 902-567-8000

Note - This is not an Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) or Pre-habilitation Program Location

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Offered at 8 locations

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a way to take detailed images of organs and tissues (muscles and fat) throughout the body, without the use of X-rays. MRI uses a powerful...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
sat May 25 Closed
sun May 26 Closed
mon May 27 8:00 am - 11:30 pm

A referral from your doctor is required to access this service

Contact:

Tel: 902-567-7778

Mammogram

Offered at 10 locations

This clinic, program or service is not administered by Nova Scotia Health. Information may be out of date. Please confirm details with the clinic, program, or service provider.

A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast. It is used to help detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammograms are used on women and men who have symptoms of...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tel: 902-567-7778

Women or men that have symptoms of a breast problem should to go to the family doctor and get a referral.  

Women over the age of 40 with no breast problems or implants may self-refer by calling the numbers below. Please have your health card number ready when you call.

HRM: 902-473-3960 or Toll-Free: 1-800-565-0548

Nuclear Medicine Tests

Offered at 9 locations

Nuclear medicine tests help diagnose a variety of diseases. A very small, safe amount of a medical isotope (radioactive substance) is injected into a vein, swallowed or breathed in. Specials...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A referral from your doctor is required to access this service.

Contact:

Tel: 902-567-7778

Nutrition Education and Counselling (Dietitians)

Offered at 22 locations

The following lists include some of the programs that are led by clinical dietitians. Please note that programs may vary by location. Please contact one of the locations listed below...

A primary care provider's referral is not required for this service at this location.

Contact

Tel: (902) 354-3175

Occupational Therapy

Offered at 33 locations

Occupational Therapists work at most sites within the Nova Scotia Health Authority. These therapists work in both mental health and physical medicine settings. Therapists/assistants work with inpatients and outpatients in...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tel: 902-567-7748
Fax: 902-567-7986

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic OAC

Offered at 6 locations

Orthopedic Assessment Clinics are located throughout the province (see list below) to help patients with hip and/or knee arthritis better manage their pain and increase their quality of life.

After...

Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital

If your primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner etc.) believes you may benefit from joint replacement surgery they will make a referral to an Orthopedic Assessment Clinic. After receiving their referral the OAC team will schedule an appointment with you

Referral form*

*A completed referral form and updated X-rays are required to process the referral. Primary health care providers will need to arrange to have X-rays completed within one year, with specific views as indicated on the referral form.

Contact

Inverness Hip and Knee Clinic – Orthopedic Assessment Clinic and Pre-habilitation Program

Tel: 902-258-1955

Orthopedic Surgery

Offered at 6 locations

Orthopedic surgeons provide orthopedic surgeries at various hospitals across the province. These surgeries fall include:

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

If your primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner etc.) believes you may benefit from orthopedic surgery they will make a referral to an Orthopedic surgeon. After receiving their referral the surgeon’s office will schedule an appointment with you.

Within the Central Zone – Halifax area, Eastern Shore and West Hants, patients will often be scheduled for a Halifax area, Eastern Shore, West Hants referrals are managed through the Orthopedic Assessment Clinic and you will be scheduled for an appointment with the clinic. In all other areas referrals are made directly to surgeons offices and you will be contacted for an appointment.

You can learn more about wait times for surgical consults and surgeries here.

Pediatric Inpatient Services

Offered at 4 locations

Nurses experienced in the care of children and their families provide service for children who require hospitalization.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to remain in hospital with children throughout the course of...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

A referral from your primary care provider is required.

Contact

Tel: 902-567-7845

Pediatric Outpatient Services

Offered at 4 locations

Children requiring treatment or observation will be cared for initially in the Emergency Department. After a maximum of 24 hours of observation, children are either discharged or admitted to the...

St. Martha's Regional Hospital

A referral from your primary care provider is required.

Contact

Tel: 902-867-4500 x 4474

Pediatricians located in offices in attached building

Physiotherapy

Offered at 40 locations

Physiotherapy is the health care profession dedicated to enhancing and restoring your mobility through a variety of hands-on treatments, education and exercise prescription.

Physiotherapists are university-educated experts who can help...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact us for more information on how to access physiotherapy at this location.

Tel: 902-567-7748
Fax: 902-567-7986

Pre-admission (aka Pre-assessment) Clinic

Offered at 9 locations

The Pre Admission clinic is an information session that will prepare you for your upcoming surgery. It is an hour or sometimes longer patient information session with a nurse to...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

To get an appointment at the clinic, you will be contacted by the pre-admission clerical support staff.

Contact

Pre-Admission Clinic
Tel: 902-567-7865
Fax: 902-567-7899

Located in room 2191-1

Psychosocial Oncology

Offered at 6 locations

Psychosocial Oncology Health Care Professionals provide psychotherapy and counselling to cancer patients and their families to help them deal with the emotional and practical impact of cancer.  Many people who...

Topics

If you live in the South Shore area, you can self-refer by calling the Social Worker at 902-599-2945.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Offered at 5 locations

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is provided by a health care team and covered by MSI. PR combines exercise, education, and additional support to improve your overall health and well-being. Programs run...

Cobequid Community Health Centre

Talk to your family doctor or a member of your health care team about being referred to your local PR Program. If you would like more info about the PR Program, please call the program nearest you.

Contact

Tel: 902-869-6140
Fax: 902-865-6073

Referral Form

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program

Offered at 21 locations

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in medical forensic care for patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. Delivered...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

SANE services are supportive, nonjudgmental and confidential. SANE care can be provided to you by doing one of the following:

  • Go to any open emergency department. At those centres where SANE Program response is provided, the staff will call the SANE. At other locations, staff will coordinate care or provide information regarding nearest SANE response site.
  • Call local police or RCMP
  • Through your primary health care provider
  • Call the SANE 24 hour response line for this area at 1-844-858-8036

Ultrasound

Offered at 21 locations

Ultrasounds are used to view and take pictures of the organs inside your body. It uses high-frequency sound waves which cannot be heard. These sound waves bounce off of tissues...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
wed May 22 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
thu May 23 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
fri May 24 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
sat May 25 Closed
sun May 26 Closed
mon May 27 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

A referral from your primary care provider is required to access this service.

Contact:

Tel: 902-567-7778

X-Ray

Offered at 41 locations

NOTICE: Appointment booking for X-Ray will be unavailable Wednesday, May 15 from 0000 – 0600 for routine IT updates. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience...

Cape Breton Regional Hospital

tue May 21 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
wed May 22 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
thu May 23 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
fri May 24 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
sat May 25 Unavailable
sun May 26 Unavailable
mon May 27 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A referral (requisition) from your primary care provider and an appointment are required for an x-ray.

General inquiries:
Tel: 902-567-7778

Patients with requisitions for general x-rays can book an appointment at this location online at https://booking.nshealth.ca or call 902-473-7771 or toll-free at 1-833-952-2782, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

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