PSA: Urgent service offered at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital

Beginning Monday, March 6, Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour will offer care for urgent, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries through same-day appointments, at least two days per week.

This service will provide more consistent access to care in this community and mean those with unexpected, but non-life-threatening health concerns will be able to receive care the same day.

The initial operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on:

• Monday, March 6
• Thursday, March 9
• Monday, March 13
• Tuesday, March 14
• Saturday, March 18
• Monday, March 20
• Tuesday, March 21
• Saturday, March 25
• Monday, March 27
• Tuesday, March 28
• Thursday, March 30

Additional dates will be added. Regular operating hours will be shared in public service advisories, social media, and the Nova Scotia Health website.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 902-885-2554 during operating hours. Choose the option for urgent care.

Some examples of urgent, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries include:

• mild abdominal pain
• simple fractures
• limb sprains
• mild muscle strains/sprains
• mild headaches
• earaches
• minor infections
• skin and eye irritations
• mild asthma
• small lacerations
• mild mental health support
• minor respiratory issues

This urgent service differs from an emergency department in that it will provide care for non-life-threatening injuries and illness; it will not receive ambulances and it will only see patients by appointment. Patients who require emergency care should continue to call 911.