From a very young age, those living with Cystic Fibrosis are aware that they have a life-threatening condition, and that their future might be uncertain. A new drug that has been referred to as the biggest innovation in cystic fibrosis treatment is changing that. As of November 2021, Trikafta, developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, is available to Nova Scotians with cystic fibrosis for free through the province’s pharmacare program.
This online screening tool assesses a person’s risk for serious illness due to COVID-19, and their eligibility for medications that could reduce the risk of hospitalization. This is particularly important for people in their 60s and older as they are considered to be at a higher risk for serious illness.
Nova Scotia Health is advising the public of a phone scam currently circulating that appears to be from Public Health. It involves an automated call (or “robo call”) notifying you that you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or that you have tested positive for COVID-19. The automated message asks you to call a number and to provide personal information.
Accreditation Canada, a health care accreditation organization, is coming to evaluate Nova Scotia Health’s operations in October 2022.
By evaluating health care organizations against national standards, Accreditation Canada’s assessment is a valuable indicator of Nova Scotia Health’s performance.
In an effort to ensure all Nova Scotians have access to COVID-19 testing, especially those in rural communities where testing is not available nearby, the Public Health Mobile Units will be offering community-based testing for those who need to get tested (experiencing symptoms or are close contacts).
Sobeys and Lawtons Drugs and Nova Scotia Health are partnering on an innovative collaborative care model that will provide Nova Scotians in the New Glasgow and Truro areas with another option for timely, routine, non-urgent health concerns. Known as Lawtons Drugs Pharmacist Walk-in Clinic+, pharmacists and a nurse practitioner will provide primary care at walk-in clinics above Sobeys owned Lawtons Drug pharmacies through this unique partnership.
Nova Scotia continues to see a decline in new COVID-19 cases and therefore a lower number of PCR tests being performed. As a result, Nova Scotia Health’s microbiology lab now has the capacity to resume confirmation PCR testing for those who test positive on a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.