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Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

The Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre specializes in adult rehabilitation. It houses inpatient and outpatient care through a variety of clinics and services.

Contact

Patient Switchboard: 902-473-1510
Administrative Switchboard: 902-473-2700

Visiting hours

Open visiting hours with a rest period between 2:30 to 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.

Parking

The parking lot entrances are located on University Ave. and South Park St. When you exit the parking lot, you can pay the parking fee by cash or credit card. The following fees apply: 

  • $3 per hour for the first two hours
  • $2.50 for the third hour
  • $2 for each additional hour
  • There is a maximum daily rate for $14.50

Discounted rates are available for long-stay patients through parking services.

Free Shuttle Service

Patients and families who are mobile and need transportation between the Victoria General (VG) and Halifax Infirmary (HI) sites are welcome to take the QEII shuttle.

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.

TV and Phone in Your Room

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

 How to set up bedside TV service

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

Phone Service

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

How to connect, transfer or disconnect your telephone

  • 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 from Monday to Saturday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., except holidays. 
  • 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 & 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 phone 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.

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

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 Scotia Room Restaurant and Tim Hortons are located in the Victoria building. You can get to the building through a tunnel.

New Leaf Café, main level
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Scotia Room Restaurant and Tim Hortons, Main level, Victoria building 
Daily: 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Gift Shops

Shoppers Drug Mart, Because You Care Gift Shop and Friendly Corner are located in the Victoria building. You can get to the building through a tunnel. 

Friendly Corner, Scotia Room Retail Hallway, Victoria Building
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Because You Care Gift Shop, Scotia Room Retail Hallway
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shoppers Drug Mart, Scotia Room Retail Hallway
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spiritual Spaces and Quiet Rooms

Requests for spiritual care can be made by patients, family member and/or any member of the inter-disciplinary health care team.  

Bank Machines

Banking machines are located in the Victoria building which you can get to through a tunnel.

About

The Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre specializes in adult rehabilitation. It houses inpatient and outpatient care through a variety of clinics and services.

Places to Stay Nearby

If you are from outside the Halifax area and need a place to stay, there are not-for-profit lodgings located near the QEII site that specialize in accommodations for patients and families.

Halifax Haven Guest Home
5897 Inglis St
902-421-1650

Point Pleasant Lodge 
1121 South Park St.
 902-421-1599

 The Lodge that Gives (The Cancer Lodge)
 5826 South St.
 902-420-1849

Learn More

Clinics, Programs and Services

Access to Technology Consultative Service

Offered at 1 location

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The Access to Technology Consultative Service is for people who are dealing with a health change that makes it more difficult to use their technology. Technology can include a...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

You can fill out a referral form and fax it to (902) 473-1321 or email it to iat@nshealth.ca.

Contact

Occupational Therapy Department
Nova Scotia Arthritis and Rehabilitation Centre, level 1 (across from cafeteria)
Tel: 902-473-1227
Fax: 902-473-1321

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Inpatient Rehabilitation

Offered at 1 location

We offer a full range of inpatient therapies to individuals who have experienced a significant brain injury due to trauma, stroke, or illness. We provide specialized rehabilitative care during your...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

  • You can be admitted to the program through one of 3 pathways:
    • If you are an ABI patient living in the community, you must be referred by a physician to the ABI Outpatient Clinic.
    • If you are an ABI inpatient within the QEII, your treatment team sends a referral to the consult service.   
    • If you are an ABI inpatient in any other hospital within Nova Scotia, the team completes an application and sends it to the consult service. 
       
  • You must also meet the following admission criteria:
    • Have sustained an Acquired Brain Injury
    • Be 16 years of age or older
    • Agree to inpatient admission
    • Be medically stable
    • Have functional challenges that require interdisciplinary tertiary rehab management
    • Have the potential to make timely, reasonable, functional gains
    • Have sufficient potential family /caregiver support in the identified discharge location to follow through with any required behavioral plan or environmental modifications.
    • Meet the criteria outlined in the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation & Arthritis Centre Admission Guidelines and Consult Review. This is available under the Documents and Forms section.

Contact

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre (NSRAC)
1341 Summer Street, Level 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia. B3H 4K4

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Neuropsychology Services

Offered at 1 location

This service provides comprehensive assessment of thinking, emotional, and behavioural skills (e.g., memory, mood, self-control). The assessment helps identify cognitive and behavioural strengths and weaknesses to make recommendations for strategies...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

How do I access this service at this location?

Referrals are accepted from physicians or nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia Health specialty clinics, such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.  Referrals can be faxed to 902-473-7242.

To be referred, you must be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Have evidence of an acquired brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, meningitis /encephalitis, lack of oxygen to the brain), for example, based on a CT or MRI scan

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Outpatient Occupational Therapy Services

Offered at 1 location

Outpatient Occupational Therapy (OT) provides individualized therapy to address the impact brain injury can have on daily activity such as:

  • Upper extremity / hand therapy
  • Spasticity (tone) management / splinting...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

How do I access this service at this location?

Referrals are accepted from physicians and other healthcare providers using the Outpatient Occupational Therapy Referral. Referrals can be faxed to 902-473-1321.

You can self-refer by mailing, faxing, or dropping off an Outpatient Occupational Therapy Self Referral form.

Outside of Central Zone, please refer to the main Occupational Therapy page for details.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Outpatient Occupational Therapy Vocational Services

Offered at 1 location

Outpatient Occupational Therapy Vocational Services provides support to those who are experiencing barriers in gaining / returning to work (paid / unpaid) or school as the result of physical and...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

How do I access this service at this location?

Referrals are accepted from healthcare practitioners attached to the Rehabilitation and Supportive Care Portfolio within Nova Scotia Health using the Outpatient OT Vocational Services Referral Form. Referrals can be faxed to 902-473-1384.

To be eligible for Vocational Services you must be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, meningitis / encephalitis, lack of oxygen to the brain)
  • Medically and psychiatrically stable
  • Living within Nova Scotia
  • A current patient with a Rehabilitation and Supportive Care service
  • Ready and willing to work with the Occupational Therapist (OT) to reach the goals agreed upon
  • Must not be engaged in harmful use of substances like alcohol or drugs that could interfere with progress towards vocational goals

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Outpatient Physiotherapy Services

Offered at 1 location

Outpatient Physiotherapy offers individualized therapy to address the physical changes from brain injury such as weakness, balance problems, or difficulty moving around.  Sessions may include hands-on treatments, exercise prescription, and...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

How do I access this service at this location?

Referrals are accepted from physicians and  other healthcare professional using the Outpatient Physiotherapy Referral form (.pdf) Referrals can be faxed to 902-473-3398.

You can self-refer by mailing, faxing or dropping off an Outpatient Physiotherapy Self Referral form.

Outside of Central Zone, please refer to the main Physiotherapy page.

Amputee - Musculoskeletal (MSK) Program

Offered at 1 location

The MSK program is a group of health care professionals that work together to provide care and support for patients and families who have experienced an amputation, trauma, burns or...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

A physician referral is required to access this program. Admission criteria must be met to become involved with our program.

Patients may be seen through the Amputee-Musculoskeletal Clinic, as an inpatient or an outpatient basis.

Referrals are sent to: 

Amputee- Musculoskeletal Clinic  
Tel: 902-473-1303 or 902-473-1409  
Fax: 902-425-6466    
Questions should be directed to our Rehabilitation Assessor at 902-473-3132 

Driver Evaluation Program

Offered at 1 location

This program is designed for drivers of all ages who have experience a health change that could affect their ability to drive safely. It involves an assessment of the client’s...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

To be seen by our service a written referral from a doctor is required. Please use the Driver Evaluation Referral Form. The referral can be faxed or mailed directly to our department.

Contact:

Tel: 902-473-1158
Fax: 902-473-1321

Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Offered at 1 location

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes your immune system to attack the outer coating of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The MS Clinic provides care and...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Closed
sun Jun 23 Closed
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

New patient consultations are on a referral basis only, meaning that a request to be seen would need to be sent by your family doctor or another primary care practitioner such as a nurse practitioner.

Contact

Tel: (902) 473-5734
Fax: (902) 425-1512
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding holidays

Directions

The Halifax MS Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre (NSRAC), at the corner of Summer St. and University Avenue.  Paid parking is available at the University entrance to the NSRAC or on the street.

Neurology & Spinal Cord Injury Program

Offered at 1 location

The Neurology & Spinal Cord Injury inpatient program is made up of a team who provides rehabilitation and support to maximize quality of life for patients and families who have...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

To access the inpatient program you will need to be admitted by a physician. You can self-referral or get a physician’s referral to outpatient physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

Contact
Tel: 902-473-3525

Located on level 5

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...

mon Jun 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable

Tel: 902-295-3465
Fax: 902-295-3432

Orthotics (braces)

Offered at 1 location

We provide inpatient and outpatient orthotic services for people of all ages who require a device to protect, support or correct the position of a part of their body. Examples...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

To be assessed for a brace or to obtain a new orthosis, a written referral from a recognized health professional is required. Your insurance provider might require the referral to be from a physician. The original or a copy of the referral can be forwarded directly to our department.

If an existing device is in need of repair, clients can self-refer (no need for a written referral from a doctor). Please contact the department’s reception directly to arrange an appointment.

Tel: 902-473-1158
Fax: 902-473-1235

Outpatient ABI Clinic

Offered at 1 location

The Outpatient ABI Clinics provide specialty medical consultation and follow up regarding your brain injury and recovery.

There is a Stroke Clinic and a Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic.

How do

...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

Referrals are accepted from Family Physicians or other medical specialists. Referrals can be faxed to 902-473-3204. Potential reasons for referral:

  • Medical management of brain injury symptoms
  • ABI related pain management
  • Need for return to work planning (connection to vocational services or neuropsychology)
  • Medications for ABI related mood and behaviour changes
  • Spasticity (tone) management
  • Consideration for admission to inpatient rehabilitation from the community

You must also be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, meningitis/encephalitis, lack of oxygen to the brain)

Contact

Phone: 902-473-1303
Fax: 902-473-3204

Located on level 2

Pedorthics (foot orthotics and shoes)

Offered at 1 location

We provide inpatient and outpatient pedorthic services for people of all ages with a variety of foot conditions.

Canadian Certified Pedorthists – C. Ped (C) are educated and trained in...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

To obtain new shoes or foot orthotics, a written referral  is required from a health professional, general practitioner or specialist doctor. The original or a copy of the referral can be forwarded directly to our department.

If an existing device is in need of repair, clients can self-refer (no need for a written referral from a doctor). Please contact the department’s reception directly to arrange an appointment.

Contact

Julie Valentine, Program Manager:
Tel:  902-473-1383

General inquiries:

Tel: 902-473-1222
Fax: 902-473-1235

The clinic is located on level 1

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...

mon Jun 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable

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

Tel: 902-295-2005
Fax: 902-295-3432

Prosthetics (artificial limbs)

Offered at 1 location

We provide inpatient and outpatient prosthetic services for people of all ages who have lost a limb, and who could benefit from a prosthesis (artificial limb).

Certified Prosthetists CP(c) are...

Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre

tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tel: 902-473-1299 
Fax: 902-473-1235

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...
tue Jun 18 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jun 19 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jun 20 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jun 21 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jun 22 Unavailable
sun Jun 23 Unavailable
mon Jun 24 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

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