Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated @ 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 2020)

(You can find information about our current visitor restrictions here.)
 
 
While Nova Scotia Health Authority responds to COVID-19 and gradually reintroduces services and programs, some service areas will continue to be impacted.
  • You can find updates on surgical services reintroduction notices here.
  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
  • Cancer and urgent/emergency procedures will continue. You can find updates on Cancer Care Program services reintroduction notices here.
  • Out-patient blood collection services are by appointment only.
  • NSHA’s Mental Health and Addictions Program is here to help. Our staff, clinicians, and physicians are dedicated to providing high-quality care during the pandemic and after. We are supporting clients and patients using Tele-mental Health (phone or video) where available. Telemental Health is reported as satisfactory as face-to-face services for clients, patients, and their families. If a person’s clinical needs require in-person contact, we will arrange it. The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for you or someone you are concerned about, (toll-free) 1-888429-8167. You can self-refer to our Community Mental Health and Addictions clinics, Withdrawal Management Services, or Opioid Replacement and Treatment Program, call (toll-free) 1-855-922-1122, weekdays 8:30 to 4:30*. *This line has voicemail only evenings, weekends, and holidays. If you have mental health or addiction-related concern, please call us. We can help guide you in what steps to take next. View our new online mental health services
  • All Public Health offices are closed to drop-in visitors. Booked appointments will proceed. If you need to rebook an appointment due to illness or self-isolation, please call your local Public Health office.
  • All out-patient Hearing and Speech NS clinics are closed until further notice
  • All volunteer involvement/programs at NSHA facilites and services has been suspended until further notice

If you have an emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.

Nova Scotia Health Authority will be updating this page with information as it becomes available.

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Information for Halifax area and West Hants (*This page does not provide temporary closure information for the IWK Health Centre)

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
     
  • Out-patient blood collection services will not close completely however, services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours and number of locations). You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.  Patients who currently have requisitions for routine bloodwork are advised to contact their ordering physician or nurse practitioner for direction regarding their laboratory testing.
  • All NSHA libraries are closed

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic at the Dickson Building in Halifax is closed until further notice.

  • Geriatric Day Hospital, Camp Hill, patients will be contacted.

  • The following group primary care program areas in the Central Zone are cancelled: 
    • Community Health Teams
    • Diabetes Management Centres
    • Integrated Chronic Care Service
    • Hants Health and Wellness Team
    • Your Way to Wellness
    • Community Health and Wellness Centre
    • Please note that all one-on-one visits will continue for these service areas. Any patients who are unsure of whether or not this pertains to them, should contact their local clinic / team. 
       
  • INSPIRED program: Non-urgent home visits scheduled will be cancelled. Staff will be arranging telephone consultations with patients directly. Patients are instructed to call 902-898-6484 if they have any questions. 
     
  • Tim Hortons at Cobequid Community Health Centre operating 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, Monday to Friday.
     
  • VG Farmers Market held weekly on Fridays cancelled until further notice.
     
  • Starbucks Café at the Halifax Infirmary is closed to the public.

The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:

  • All in-person group-based programs and community outreach visits

  • Non-urgent home visits

The Pain Self-Management Group Program that takes place at the VG site of the QEII Health Science Centre in Halifax is not running at this time due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking note of people who have been referred, and plan to contact them directly once the group is up-and-running again. For the time being, resources to help people self-manage their chronic pain can be accessed at https://library.nshealth.ca/Patients/ChronicPain, there are new materials being posted to the site weekly, so be sure to check in often! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Thursday, August 6

  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department opens at 8 a.m. today.

  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's ED opens at 7 a.m. today.
  • The emergency department at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital will close at 7 p.m. this evening. It will reopen on August 7 at 8 a.m.

Friday, August 7

  • The emergency department at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital opens at 8 a.m.

Information for Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SERVICE CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
  • Non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services are not available.
  • All NSHA libraries are closed
  • All group sessions for primary care and chronic disease management and wellness. That includes group medical visits, diabetes center group visits and classes, and cardiac rehab classes led by primary teams (not the cardiac rehab program in Sydney).
  • The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:
    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits
    • Non-urgent home visits
    • Crossroads Clubhouse in Sydney
    • Addictions Day Treatment/Wellness Programming at Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston and at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney
    • Driving While Impaired and Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming.
  • Appointments are required for out-patient blood collection services and walk-in service is not available. 
  • Cardiac Services
    •  ECG service is suspended until further notice
      • Locations:  Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Glace Bay, Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated Hospitals.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 8 a.m. It reopens on Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Friday, Aug. 7

  • St. Mary's Memorial Hospital's diagnostic imaging (X-ray) department reopens at 8 a.m.  
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 4 p.m. It reopens on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 a.m. 
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Sunday, Aug. 9

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Monday, Aug. 10 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Monday, Aug. 10

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight..
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Tuesday, Aug. 11

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 a.m. 
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 8 a.m. It reopens on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Friday, Aug.14 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight..
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Thursday, Aug. 13

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Friday, Aug. 14

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight..
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

                  Information for Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, and Pictou County

                  PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES AND SERVICE CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

                  EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS

                  • All Saints Springhill Hospital - The emergency department is closed until further notice. During daytime hours (7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week), we are operating as an urgent treatment centre treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care but not serious enough to require an emergency department. We are open for urgent treatment when a physician is available. Please call the hospital (902-597-3773) in advance to check the status of physician coverage. Those with an emergency should always call 911.

                     
                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital - The emergency department is closed until further notice. During daytime hours (8 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday), the hospital will provide outpatient services for the treatment of unexpected but non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care.  Patients are strongly encouraged to call 902-657-2382 in advance of their visit. Those with an emergency should always call 911.

                    The daytime outpatient services is closed August 5-7, 2020 due to physician availability.
                     

                  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital - The emergency department is closed during the daytime until further notice.  During daytime hours (8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week), we are operating as an urgent treatment centre treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care but not serious enough to require an emergency department. We are open for urgent treatment when a physician is available. Please call the hospital (902-243-2521) in advance to check the status of physician coverage. During overnight hours (8 pm to 8 am), we operate as a collaborative emergency centre staffed by a paramedic and a registered nurse with physician oversight. Those with an emergency should always call 911.

                     
                  • South Cumberland Community Care Centre - The emergency department is closed until further notice. During daytime hours, we are offering family medicine/primary care services to the residents of our community from the primary care clinic. Please call the hospital (902-254-2540) for clarification on the services. Those with an emergency should always call 911.


                  OTHER SERVICES

                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital in Tatamagouche will not be offering outpatient EKG services from July 17 to  August 3.

                  • Effective March 27 and until further notice, the inpatient women’s and children’s unit at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst is temporarily closed, including for any planned deliveries.  Pregnancy and delivery care will be provided at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro.  In the event of an emergency or unplanned delivery, there will be family physician, an obstetrician and nursing staff available in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre to support pregnancy care. Prenatal care will continue to be provided by the hospital’s team. This closure allows for the redeployment of the staff and physician to other work.
                     
                  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
                     
                  • Out-patient blood collection services will not close completely however, services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours and number of locations). You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.  Patients who currently have requisitions for routine bloodwork are advised to contact their ordering physician or nurse practitioner for direction regarding their laboratory testing.
                     
                  • All NSHA libraries are closed
                     
                  • ADHD Assessment Clinic held weekly at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro is closed until further notice.
                     
                  • All group based programs at the One Door Chronic Disease Management Clinic in New Glasgow are cancelled until futher notice.
                     
                  • All group based programs at the Chronic Disease Management Clinic in at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro are cancelled until further notice.
                     
                  • The Your Way 2 Wellness Program scheduled to begin in Elmsdale on April 1 has been postponed. 
                  • The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:

                    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • New Hope Club in New Glasgow

                    • Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

                  Wednesday, August 5

                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital's daytime outpatient service is closed today.

                  Thursday, August 6

                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital's daytime outpatient service is closed today.

                  Friday, August 7

                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital's daytime outpatient service is closed today.

                  Information for Annapolis and Kings Counties, Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties, Lunenburg and Queens Counties

                  PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

                  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments have been rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services are now by appointment only.
                  • All NSHA libraries are closed
                  • Diabetes Centre at Fishermen’s Memorial and Queens General Hospitals – all group and non-urgent appointments cancelled.
                  • Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital - Asthma / COPD, non-urgent appointments cancelled.
                  • Diabetes Centre group and non-urgent appointments at Valley Regional, Soldiers Memorial and Annapolis Community Health Centre.
                  • Cardiac Investigation Walk-in clinics at Western Kings Memorial Health Centre & Annapolis Community Health Centre
                  • Persistent Pain Management Information Session in Western Kings Memorial Health Centre
                  • Post Partum Wellness groups in Kentville and Greenwood       
                  • Out-patient blood collection services are by appointment only. To book a blood collection appointment, call 1-833-998-2722, call between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Find more information on blood collection times and locations here.
                  • The following Mental Health & Addiction Program services will pause until further notice:

                    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • Beacon Program in Kentville

                    • Driving While Impaired and Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming.

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

                  Thursday, August 6

                  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital's emergency department will be open reduced hours today, and closing at 5:30 p.m. It will re-open tomorrow, Friday, August 7, at 7:30 a.m.

                  Friday, August 7

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Sunday, August 9

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After Hours Clinic is closed today. It is closed each Sunday in August and September 6.

                  Monday, August 10

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.
                  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. It will re-open Tuesday, August 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. 

                  Tuesday, August 11

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Friday, August 14

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Sunday, August 16

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed today. It is closed each Sunday in August and September 6.

                  Tuesday, August 18

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Friday, August 21

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Sunday, August 23

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After Hours Clinic is closed today, It is closed each Sunday in August and September 6.

                  Friday, August 28

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

                  Sunday, August 30

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed today. It is closed each Sunday in August and September 6. It re-opens on Sundays on September 13.

                  Sunday, September 6

                  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre's After-Hours Clinic is closed today. It re-opens on Sundays on September 13`