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Dartmouth General Hospital

Dartmouth General Hospital provides services to approximately 120,000 people in Dartmouth and surrounding areas.

Contact

Main Switchboard: 902-465-8300

Visiting Hours

Please note: There are currently visitor restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Please visit www.nshealth.ca/temporaryclosures for up-to-date information.

Visitors are welcome throughout the day except during a rest period between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

*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.

Information Desk

*The Information Desk has recently relocated due to renovation.  It is now in room 2508.

Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation

Today and since its inception in 1975, the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF) has been a driving force in connecting community and hospital. Through the tremendous generosity of community, friends and partners, the DGHF has positively impacted and supported the delivery of exceptional patient care at the Dartmouth General Hospital through more than $42 million dollars invested in equipment, facilities and programs.

Visit https://www.dghfoundation.ca to learn more.

Parking

*The DGH Foundation parking office has recently relocated due to renovation.  It is now in room 2200.

The Dartmouth General has a paid parking lot for patients and visitors. When you enter the parking lot you will be given a ticket. Take this ticket with you into the hospital. When you leave the hospital there is a machine to pay for your parking inside the main door. The machine accepts cash or credit card. The following rates apply:

  • $2 for the first hour (and any part of the first hour)
  • $1 per hour after the first hour to a maximum of $8 a day (per single entry)

Weekly and monthly parking rates are available, if needed. Contact the business office for more information.

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

During your stay in hospital, you have the option of activating your bedside telephone service. 

TV Service 
Bedside TV service is available at no charge if you request, receive and pay for a private or semi-private room either personally or by using your private health insurance.  If you do not have private health insurance, the following rates apply:

  • Premium TV: $12.45 per day plus taxes

Please note: A portion of the revenues generated is returned to the hospital to help fund various hospital improvements.

 How to set up bedside TV service

  • To activate your television, just dial 2999 from your bedside telephone.
  • A customer service representative is available every day between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to address any questions or concerns, receive cash payment and process your request.

Phone Service

How to connect, transfer or disconnect your phone:

  • Dial 499 from your bedside phone and a BellAliant representative will arrange to have your phone service connected, transferred to another bed, or disconnected.
  • BellAliant’s office is open seven days a week (except holidays), 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • If you have questions about the service, please call 1-800-760-8969. 
  • When you are discharged remember to dial 499 to request that your phone be disconnected so that billing is stopped.
  • If you forget to request your hospital phone disconnected before discharged to home, call 1-800-760-8969 Monday to Saturday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to arrange disconnection.

Service and Connection Rates

  • There is a $10 connection charge to set up in-hospital phone service. 
  • The following fees also apply:
    • $2 per day for the first 15 days
    • $1.25 per day for each additional day up to and including 30 days
    • $0.75 for each day after 30 days 

Billing
•    Daily service and connection charges are billed to your BellAliant home telephone account. 
•    If you are with another provider, BellAliant will create a separate account for the duration of your hospital stay. 
•    Your bill can be paid the same way you would pay any other BellAliant bill.

Inpatient Meals

During your stay at the hospital, you will receive breakfast, lunch and supper daily. You can choose from a variety of options each day. The menus typically include: 

  • Breakfast: An assortment of homemade muffins, hot and cold cereals, yogurt and fruit, coffee or tea. 
  • Lunch: Choose from soup and sandwiches, mixed vegetables, pasta and casseroles, including dessert of fresh fruit or a sweet. 
  • Supper: Options include meat, fish, potatoes and vegetables.   

If you follow a special diet or have food-related allergies or sensitivities, let us know when you arrive. The procedure for ordering meals will be further discussed on admission by dietetic technicians. If you need help filling out your menu, or feel you or your family member may be unable fill out the menus daily, please talk to the dietetic technicians. 

Cafeteria and Vending Machines

The cafeteria is located on the basement level.
Hours of operation 
Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

There are also vending machines outside the cafeteria and prepared sandwiches and snacks are available at the gift shop.

Gift Shop

Hours:
Mon       9:30-5
Tue        9:30-5
Wed       9:30-5
Thurs     9:30-5
Fri          9:30-5
Sat        1:30-4
Sun       1:30-4

Spiritual Spaces and Quiet Rooms

*recently relocated due to renovation
The Place of Prayer and Meditation is in room 2008. It is open 24 hours a day. There are prayer mats, a meditation cushion and other spiritual resources available.  

Bank Machines

A bank machine is located in the main lobby of the hospital.

About

Dartmouth General Hospital provides services to approximately 120,000 people in Dartmouth and surrounding areas.

QEII Health Sciences Centre/DGH New Generation Construction News and Updates

Visit the QEII New Generation Project website for redevelopment information, news and updates. 

Patient Experience Survey

Tell us about your experience as a patient at DGH here.

Blood Collection Location

Specimen Testing Dropoff Site

Water Testing Dropoff Site

sat Apr 13 Closed
sun Apr 14 Closed
mon Apr 15 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
tue Apr 16 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
wed Apr 17 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
thu Apr 18 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
fri Apr 19 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

(902) 465-8305

Samples must be collected using the water testing bottles provided by NS Health. E.Coli & Coliform testing is a white top 100 ML bottle / Chemical & Mineral testing is a black top 200 ML bottle

Sample Bottle Pick-Up for Water Testing

Front desk blood collection Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Emergency Care Site

sat Apr 13 Open 24 hours
sun Apr 14 Open 24 hours
mon Apr 15 Open 24 hours
tue Apr 16 Open 24 hours
wed Apr 17 Open 24 hours
thu Apr 18 Open 24 hours
fri Apr 19 Open 24 hours

The emergency department has a separate entrance on the main level. 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 Dartmouth General Hospital and other select locations using our ED wait times estimator:

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...

sat Apr 13 Closed
sun Apr 14 Closed
mon Apr 15 Closed
tue Apr 16 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 Closed
thu Apr 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 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/

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.

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...

sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
mon Apr 15 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
tue Apr 16 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
wed Apr 17 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
thu Apr 18 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
fri Apr 19 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

A referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner is required.

Tel: 902-465-8598

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. 

Dartmouth General Hospital Therapeutic Assistant Program

Offered at 1 location

The Dartmouth General Hospital Therapeutic Assistant program is a group of health care professionals that work together with patients and families to provide guidance and supportive care related to medicine...

Clinicians receive referrals from various referral sources, depending on the service required.  If you require additional information, please phone 902-473-8444.

Contact

Denise Titus, Program Manager
325 Pleasant Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4G8 
Tel: 902-465-8533

Inpatient Locations:

  • Medicine – Dartmouth General Hospital 4W, 4E, 3W and 3E
  • Surgery and Orthopedics - Dartmouth General Hospital 3E
  • Outpatient Physiotherapy – Dartmouth General Hospital 2nd Floor

Ambulatory Care Locations:

  • Dialysis - Dartmouth General Hospital 1st Floor
  • Emergency Department - Dartmouth General Hospital 2nd Floor

Echocardiogram

Offered at 6 locations

An echocardiogram is a painless and safe test of the heart. It shows the size, shape, movement, and flow of blood through the heart. Soundwaves (ultrasound) are used to get...

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sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
tue Apr 16 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

A physician referral is required and appointments are booked in advance.

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

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...

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:

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic - 
Tel: 902-563-8512

Pre-habilitation Program
Tel:  902-563-8513

This is an Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) and Pre-habilitation Program Location

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

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:

Orthopedic Assessment Clinic - 
Tel: 902-563-8512

Pre-habilitation Program
Tel:  902-563-8513

This is an Orthopedic Assessment Clinic (OAC) and Pre-habilitation Program Location

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...

sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Apr 16 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tel: 902-465-8318

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

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMF)

Offered at 6 locations

The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMF) provides surgery to treat a wide variety of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaws.

Various types of

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The majority of patients are seen initially for a consultation appointment only. Following the consult, a decision is made regarding the necessity and timing of surgery.

Patients must be referred by a physician or dentist to be seen in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic.

Referrals must include the patient’s name, date of birth, health card number/expiry date, phone numbers for day and evening and a complete mailing address with postal code.

Referral forms may be mailed, faxed or emailed to: 
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 
Victoria General Hospital 
1276 South Park Street 
Halifax, Nova Scotia 
B3H 2Y9 
Fax: 902-473-6855 
Email: omfsbooking@cdha.nshealth.ca

Contact:

Tel: 902-473-2070 
Fax: 902-473-6855 

Orthopedic Surgery

Offered at 6 locations

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

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.

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...

sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
tue Apr 16 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
wed Apr 17 Unavailable
thu Apr 18 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
fri Apr 19 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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

Tel: 902-752-7600 x 2420 (to book an appointment) or 902-902-485 x 2315 (department number)
Fax: 902-485-4434

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...

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 902-425-0122

Social Work

Offered at 9 locations

Social Workers help with:

  • Adjustment or coping with illness, injury, and disability
  • Death, grief, and loss
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Referral to community agencies
  • Complex discharge needs (care at home, nursing home...
sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Apr 16 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Referrals to an NSH social worker can be made by patients, family members, friends, community agencies and/or any member of the inter-disciplinary health care team.

Contact

902-465-8530

*This office has relocated to room 1512 due to renovations

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...

sat Apr 13 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sun Apr 14 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
mon Apr 15 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
tue Apr 16 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

Contact:

Tel: 902-465-8598

X-Ray

Offered at 41 locations

NOTICE: Appointment booking for X-Ray will be unavailable Wednesday, April 17 from 0000 – 0600 for routine IT updates. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience...

sat Apr 13 Unavailable
sun Apr 14 Unavailable
mon Apr 15 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Apr 16 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Apr 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Apr 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Apr 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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

All bookings can be made by calling 902-473-7771 or toll-free at 1-833-952-2782

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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