Emergency Departments and CECs in Nova Scotia

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. 

Call 811 for health advice.

These are the emergency departments and collaborative emergency centres in Nova Scotia.

*You can find up to date closure information here.

Halifax area and West Hants

Cobequid Community Health Centre (Lower Sackville)
40 Freer Lane
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Dartmouth General Hospital (Dartmouth)
325 Pleasant Street
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Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital (Sheet Harbour)
22637, Highway 7
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Halifax Infirmary (QEII, Halifax)
1799 Robie Street
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Hants Community Hospital (Windsor)
89 Payzant Drive
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IWK Health Centre (Halifax)
5980 University Ave (Emergency Entrance is on the South Street Side)
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Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital (Middle Musquodoboit)
492 Archibald Brook Road, RR2
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Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital (Musquodoboit Harbour)
7704 7 Highway
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Cape Breton, Victoria, Inverness, Richmond, Guysborough and Antigonish Counties.

Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre (Neils Harbour)
32610 Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Sydney)
1482 George Street
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Eastern Memorial Hospital (Canso)
1746 Union Street
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Glace Bay Hospital (Glace Bay)
300 South Street
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Guysborough Memorial Hospital (Guysborough)
10560 Rte #16
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Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital (Inverness)
39 James Street
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New Waterford Consolidated Hospital (New Waterford)
716 King Street
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Northside General Hospital (North Sydney)
520 Purves Street
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Sacred Heart Community Health Centre (Cheticamp)
15102 Cabot Trail
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St. Martha’s Regional Hospital (Antigonish)
25 Bay Street
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St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital (Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co.)
91 Hospital Road
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Strait Richmond Hospital (Cleveland, Richmond Co.)
138 Hospital Road, Evanston
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Victoria County Memorial Hospital (Baddeck)
30 Old Margaree Road
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Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, and Pictou County 

Aberdeen Hospital (New Glasgow)
835 East River Road
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All Saints Springhill Hospital (Springhill)
10 Princess Street
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Colchester East Hants Health Centre (Truro)
600 Abenaki Road
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Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre (Amherst)
19428 Highway #2, R. R. #6
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Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital (Tatamagouche)
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.

110 Blair Avenue
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North Cumberland Memorial Hospital (Pugwash)
260 Gulf Shore Road
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South Cumberland Community Care Centre (Parrsboro)
50 Jenks Avenue
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Annapolis and Kings Counties, Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties, Lunenburg and Queens Counties

Annapolis Community Health Centre (Annapolis Royal)
821 St. George Street
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Digby General Hospital (Digby)
75 Warwick Street
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Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital (Lunenburg)
14 High Street
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Queens General Hospital (Liverpool)
175 School St
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Roseway Hospital (Shelburne)
1606 Lake Road
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Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (Middleton)
462 Main Street
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South Shore Regional Hospital (Bridgewater)
90 Glen Allan Drive
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Valley Regional Hospital (Kentville)
150 Exhibition Street
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Yarmouth Regional Hospital (Yarmouth)
60 Vancouver Street
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Your emergency department visit

What can you expect when you arrive at the emergency department for care?

The first person you’ll see when you arrive in one of our emergency departments is a triage paramedic or nurse.

Triage staff will ask you questions about what’s brought you here. They will also ask about existing health conditions and any medications you are taking. They will check your breathing, pulse blood pressure and temperature too.

Once triage staff have gathered your information and measured your vital signs, they will assign you a score between one and five. This affects the order in which you are seen.

We use the Canadian Triage Acuity Scale (CTAS) to assess people who come to our emergency departments. CTAS is used across Canada as the standard triage system in emergency medicine.

Level 1: Life-threatening

Common examples:

  • Your heart has stopped or you’ve experienced a life-threatening trauma. You’ve likely come in by ambulance. You will receive treatment right away.

Level 2: Emergency
Common examples
You are:

  • having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke
  • not conscious
  • having a lot of trouble breathing 
  • bleeding severely

Level 3: Urgent
Common examples
You are experiencing:

  • head injury, deep cut or foreign object in eyes/ears 
  • chest pain (not related to known heart problem) 
  • signs of serious infection 
  • urgent mental health concerns

Level 4: Less urgent
Common examples

  • You have back, arm or leg pain (breaks/sprains) or cuts.

Level 5: Not urgent
Common examples

  • You have a sore throat, ear infection, minor cuts or bumps, or need a prescription refill.

How long will I wait for care?

Emergency department wait times depend on:

  • How urgently you and others need care. 
  • How busy the emergency department is. 
  • Once you have been assessed, you may need to have further tests (e.g. x-rays or lab tests) or be seen by a specialist. 

Why is that person going ahead of me?

Patients are seen by a doctor in order of need. 

It is not always possible to tell how ill someone is by looking at them. 

A patient who appears ok may need attention right away. 

Some patients need to be seen by a specialist, such as a neurologist or a cardiologist. If this specialist is available, their patient will be brought in to see him or her.

In some emergency departments, people with minor injuries can be treated in a different area, either inside or outside of the department.

The waiting room is almost empty. Why the wait?

If an ambulance brings in a patient who needs immediate life-saving care (Level 1), that patient will be brought directly into the emergency department for care. 

The waiting room could be almost empty, yet someone is receiving life-saving care within the department.

Do patients who arrive by ambulance receive care more quickly?

Patients who arrive by ambulance are triaged like other patients. 

If an ambulance brings in a patient who needs immediate life-saving care (Level 1), that patient will be brought directly into the emergency department for care. 

Otherwise, they will wait for care according to their triage level, the same as other patients. 

What else can I do?

  • For non-urgent matters, your family practice or a local walk-in clinic may be a more appropriate place for care. You’ll also likely have a shorter wait.
  • If you do not have a family practice, call 811 or visit www.needafamilypractice.ca to join a provincial wait list. 
  • Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse and get advice on non-urgent medical matters. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • Make sure that you and your family have enough prescribed medication, especially over vacations, holidays and weekends. 
  • Your community pharmacist may offer advice on non-urgent medication matters.
  • If you have a chronic illness, keep your regular appointments with your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor what changes in your medical condition would need urgent medical attention.
  • If you decide to leave the emergency department without being seen, please let our triage staff know.

Are there any fees or costs associated with visiting the emergency department?

Canadian residents: If you have a valid provincial health card, most services you receive in hospital are paid for by your respective provincial health insurance program. Please be prepared to present your health card when you arrive. For more information, visit:  https://www.nshealth.ca/fees-and-bill-payments

Out-of-country visitors: If you are not a Canadian resident with a valid health card, you are responsible for the cost of your health care and in certain circumstances, may be required to pay for services in advance. For more information, visit https://www.nshealth.ca/fees-and-bill-payments

Where is the nearest emergency department?

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. 

For a list of emergency departments in Nova Scotia, visit: https://www.nshealth.ca/emergency-departments-and-cecs-nova-scotia

About NSH Emergency Care

Emergency health care is a part of a complex and increasingly integrated network of health services that includes our two tertiary care Academic Health Science Centre EDs (Halifax Infirmary and IWK), several regional referral Hospitals with full-service Emergency Departments (EDs), and multiple community and rural access points for acute/unexpected health care, all networked together as a single system. 

This single system is supported by our provincial 911 emergency health services (EHS) response system made up of the ground and air ambulance programs which are coordinated by a sophisticated state-of-the-art communications center.

Whether you arrive by ambulance or on your own, a triage nurse or paramedic will ask you several questions assess your condition. Patients are seen by a doctor in order of need. 

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.

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. 

Call 811 for health advice, 911 for emergencies.