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Accessing Primary Care

If you are currently experiencing the onset of any of the following symptoms: thoughts of suicide, harming yourself or others, chest pain, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, severe abdominal pain, loss/alteration of consciousness, slurred speech or trouble speaking, sudden loss of vision, trouble raising your arms or weakness on one side of your body, face or numbness or drooping, please call 911 or visit an emergency department immediately.

Urgent Treatment Centre

Varies by location. Appointment required.
Typical Wait for Access to Care
WIthin 48 hours

Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC's) provide access to care for those with unexpected, non-life-threatening health concerns with appointments offered within one to two days. 

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the numbers below:

Mobile Primary Care Clinics

Varies. Pop up clinics.
Typical Wait for Access to Care
Same day

Mobile Primary Care Clinics can only address non-urgent, low acuity health issues and is not an emergency service. Care is provided using a team approach, which includes nurse practitioners and family physicians. Patients will be seen in a clinic environment.

Some clinics require appointments and others do not.  You can find the scheduled locations and access information for upcoming Mobile Primary Care Clinics here.

Pharmacist Walk In Clinic+

Hours vary by location
Typical Wait for Access to Care
1-7 days

Pharmacist Walk-in Clinic+ has a Nurse Practitioner and Pharmacists working as a team to ensure that you and your family get the best care possible.

An appointment is required, and can be booked here.

Availability varies by location.

Community Pharmacy Primary Care Clinics

Hours vary by location
Typical Wait for Access to Care
24-48 hours

Community Pharmacy Primary Care Clinics are available widely across the entire province.  These pharmacist-led clinics will provide an extended suite of pharmacy primary care services at no charge to people with a valid Nova Scotia Health Card.  

Appointments are required and can be booked here.  You can usually get an appointment within a day or two.


24 Hours a day, 7 days a week
Typical Wait for Access to Care
5 minutes for intake*

Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse for health care advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also, there is information on more than 500 health topics at:

*During busy times a nurse may not be available right away.  In those cases, a Telehealth Associate will take your information, and a nurse will call you back.  This may take several hours during peak activity periods.

Emergency Departments

You can visit any of NSH's Emergency Departments when you require primary care during their regular hours of operation.

Visiting the emergency department will often require long wait times, and more urgent cases are always treated as a priority.  If your primary care care issue isn't life threatening, the emergency department may not be the best choice for you to access primary care.

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