Services update for Nova Scotia Health’s Eastern Zone

Nova Scotia Health’s Eastern Zone (Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough counties) will continue to provide emergency and urgent care at its sites on Tuesday, Sept. 27 as it continues to recover from Hurricane Fiona.

For Tuesday, Sept. 27:

Emergency departments: Emergency departments will be open unless there is a temporary closure scheduled at the site. Visit www.nshealth.ca/temporaryclosures for the most up-to-date closures. Anyone with urgent medical needs can also call 911.

Surgical services: Perioperative (surgical) services across the zone will focus on emergencies only. Elective surgical procedures and endoscopies are cancelled for Tuesday, Sept. 27. Efforts will be made to contact patients directly to reschedule their procedure however, these efforts could be affected by ongoing phone/network issues across the zone.

Ambulatory care/outpatient clinics: Ambulatory Care and outpatient clinics will see urgent cases and patients only. Efforts will be made to contact patients directly to reschedule their procedure however, these efforts could be affected by ongoing phone/network issues across the zone.

Mental Health & Addictions: Most Mental Health and Addictions program appointments will continue as scheduled however some of our community clinics remain without power. This means some appointments may be relocated or done virtually. Clients are asked to call ahead, if they can, to confirm or reschedule their appointment. The provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.

Primary care: Primary care staff will transition to virtual appointments where possible.

Diabetes education: Diabetes education centres/clinics remain closed.

Rehabilitation services: Adult day programs, geriatric clinics and rehab outpatient clinics remain closed.

COVID-19 testing: COVID-19 testing clinics remain closed on Tuesday and staff deployed as needed.

Cancer care and renal dialysis continue as scheduled. Appointments for lab (blood) collections and diagnostic imaging (X-Ray) will also continue as scheduled.

The urgent treatment centre at Northside General Hospital in North Sydney will be open for regular hours (8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday.

While the focus for Tuesday remains on emergency and urgent care, staff are expected to report to work as scheduled and could be deployed to other services to assist with care.

People are reminded not to travel to a scheduled care appointment if it is unsafe for them to travel and consider rebooking any non-urgent appointments.

Eastern Zone leadership will be assessing service availability throughout Tuesday and will provide an update.