Mobile primary care clinic at Cobequid Community Health Centre this weekend

Nova Scotia Health’s mobile primary care clinic, in partnership with IWK Health and Emergency Health Services (EHS), will be available to the public on Saturday, November 19, 2022 and Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Cobequid Community Health Centre, 40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day.

This is a temporary service for the weekend to provide an appropriate primary care setting for an increased number of people with mild or moderate health concerns currently being experienced. The clinic can only address non-urgent, low-acuity health issues and is not an emergency service. See a list of types of concerns below if you are not sure where to go.

Care at the clinic will be provided by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

Upon arrival you will be asked the reason for your visit to ensure we are able to treat your concern. If yes, you will be screened for COVID-19 and given an approximate appointment time. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we aim to provide you the best possible care. Please have your health card and a list of your medications ready.

Types of concerns that may be addressed at the mobile primary care clinic include:

Prescription refills or renewals
Minor respiratory symptoms
Sore throat
Earaches
Fever
Headache
Rashes
Minor gastrointestinal concerns (vomiting and diarrhea)
Cough, flu, or cold symptoms
Urinary tract infections
Muscle pain
Minor pelvic pain or abdominal pain

The clinic cannot address urgent or life-threatening concerns. You will need to call 911 if you are experiencing any of the following:

Stroke/facial weakness
New onset of weakness
Heart attack/chest pain or tightness
Unable to wake/unconscious
Sudden onset of severe headache or confusion
Seizure and/or severe head injury
Major assault
Severe difficulty breathing or trouble speaking
Uncontrolled or severe bleeding
Major trauma such as loss of limb or laceration
Severe allergic reaction
Severe burns

There will not be access to lab or diagnostic imaging services at the mobile clinic.

Please note other options for care:

  • Do not hesitate to visit an emergency department if you are experiencing an emergency. Anyone with urgent medical needs should call 911.

 

  • Nova Scotians who are on the Need a Family Practice Registry may now access VirtualCareNS, which provides free, temporary access to primary health care. Visit virtualcarens.ca to register or request a virtual visit. VirtualCareNS is not an emergency service.

 

  • For general health advice and information call 811, which is a service offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by experienced registered nurses.

 

  • The provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.