Increased wait times at emergency departments during summer months

Emergency departments throughout Nova Scotia are seeing higher numbers of patients than prior to the third wave of COVID-19. We anticipate patients will experience longer waits for care through the summer.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please do not hesitate to visit your nearest emergency department. Emergency departments at regional hospitals and the QEII Health Sciences Centre are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some smaller sites experience periodic closures. Any such closures are noted here:

The overall emergency system is never closed. This is due to access to Emergency Health Services (for example, 911), telemedicine, and transfers to other facilities across the province.

• Anyone with urgent medical needs should call 911.
• If your health concern is not urgent, we request you contact a family doctor or go to a walk-in clinic.
• For general health advice and information call 811, a service offered 24/7 by experienced registered nurses.
• The Mental Health Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.

Nova Scotia Health apologizes for increased wait times in emergency departments. We recognize it’s been a long, hard year for many Nova Scotians, and we need to remember we are all in this together.

We are aware of too many situations where our staff have been subjected to abusive behaviour and language, including personal threats. This is not acceptable. Please be kind and know that we are here to help.