Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022)

You can find information about our current visitor restrictions here.)

While Nova Scotia Health responds to COVID-19 and gradually reintroduces services and programs, some service areas will continue to be impacted.

  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.
  • Out-patient blood collection services are by appointment only.
  • Nova Scotia Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Program are open and here to help. The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for you or someone you are concerned about, (toll-free) 1-888-429-8167. You can self-refer to our Community Mental Health and Addictions clinics, Withdrawal Management Services, or Opioid Replacement and Treatment Program, call (toll-free) 1-855-922-1122,  weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This line has voicemail only on evenings, weekends and holidays. If you have mental health or addiction-related concern, please call us. We can help guide you in what steps to take next. View our new online mental health services
  • All Public Health offices are closed to drop-in visitors. Booked appointments will proceed. If you need to rebook an appointment due to illness or self-isolation, please call your local Public Health office.
  • All volunteer involvement/programs at Nova Scotia Health facilities and services in the Halifax area and West Hants has been suspended until further notice.

If you have an emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.

Nova Scotia Health will be updating this page with information as it becomes available.

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Information for Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Shore and West Hants (*This page does not provide temporary closure information for the IWK Health Centre)

NOTE: Beginning Sunday. May 1, the collaborative emergency centre (CEC) at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital in Middle Musquodoboit will be open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. until further notice. 

Saturday, July 2

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department is open at 7 a.m.

Sunday, July 3

  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital emergency department is closed.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department is closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Monday, July 4

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tuesday, July 5

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Thursday, July 7

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Friday, July 8

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday, July 9

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open all day/night.

Sunday, July 10

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, July 11

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tuesday, July 12

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Wednesday, July 13

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Thursday, July 14

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Friday, July 15

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Saturday, July 16

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Sunday, July 17

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Monday, July 18

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tuesday, July 19

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Thursday, July 21

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday, July 22

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department open from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Saturday, July 23

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Sunday, July 24

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Monday, July 25

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Tuesday, July 26

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Wednesday, July 27

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Thursday, July 28

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Friday, July 29

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Saturday, July 30

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Sunday, July 31

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.

Information for Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SERVICE CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • All group sessions for primary care and chronic disease management and wellness. That includes group medical visits, diabetes centre group visits and classes, and cardiac rehab classes led by primary teams (not the cardiac rehab program in Sydney).
  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.
  • Appointments are required for out-patient blood collection services and walk-in service is not available. 
  • Cardiac Service:  Appointments are required for all non-emergency E.C.G.’s.  Please call for an appointment. 
  • Effective Monday, Dec. 21, 2020,  the Cape Breton Regional Hospital's Water Laboratory will not be accepting water samples for bacteria or chemical analysis until further notice. Municipal, registered and private water supply owners are advised to send samples to an alternate accredited water testing facility. A list of alternate testing facilities may be found at: https://novascotia.ca/nse/water/waterlabs.asp

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Thursday, June 30

  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, July 1 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Friday, July 1

  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Saturday July 2 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Saturday, July 2

  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, July 3 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Sunday, July 3

  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Monday, July 4 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Monday, July 4

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 12 p.m. It reopens on Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Tuesday, July 5

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Thursday, July 7

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, July 8 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Friday, July 8

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Saturday July 9 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to the unavailability of physicians and nurses.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's urgent treatment centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays & Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Information for Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, and Pictou County

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES AND SERVICE CHANGES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19​

  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche - During daytime hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday), we are operating as an urgent treatment centre treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care but not serious enough to require an emergency department. We are open for urgent treatment when a physician is available. Please call the hospital (902-657-2382) in advance to check the status of physician coverage. A nurse practitioner is available on various days to provide care to patients with non-urgent health care needs. Please call in advance to confirm the availability of services based on your specific needs. Those with an emergency should always call 911. The emergency department and overnight CEC are closed until further notice. 
  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Pugwash - 
During daytime hours (8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week), we are operating as an urgent treatment centre treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care but not serious enough to require an emergency department. We are open for urgent treatment when a physician is available. Please call the hospital (902-243-2521) in advance to check the status of physician coverage. During overnight hours (8 pm to 8 am), we operate as a collaborative emergency centre staffed by a paramedic and a registered nurse with physician oversight. Those with an emergency should always call 911.
 The emergency department is closed during the daytime until further notice. 

OTHER SERVICES

  • Out-patient blood collection services now require an appointment; walk-in service is no longer available. If there are interruptions in service, you can find that information here.  Patients wishing to book an appointment online should go to https://booking.nshealth.ca or call 1-833-998-2499.
  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Urgent Treatment Centre will be closed July 1-3.
  • Parrsboro Urgent Treatment Centre is closed July 1.

Information for Annapolis and Kings Counties, Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties, Lunenburg and Queens Counties

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • Out-patient blood collection services are by appointment only. To book a blood collection appointment, call 1-833-998-2722, call between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Find more information on blood collection times and locations here.
  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

NOTE: Soldiers Memorial Hospital emergency department is OPEN from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (closing at 1:30 p.m.) each day during June and July, unless otherwise noted below.

Saturday, July 2

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre is closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital's emergency department will close at 1 p.m.
  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department will close at 7 p.m.
  • Queens General Hospital's emergency department is closed at 4:30 p.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre After-Hours Clinic is closed today.

Sunday, July 3

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre is closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital's emergency department will reopen at 7:30 a.m.
  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department is closed until 7 p.m.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department, is closed from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Queens General Hospital's emergency department is closed today.

Monday, July 4

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre is closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Queens General Hospital's emergency department is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department, is closed from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre is closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Queens General Hospital's emergency department is open 8 a.m.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department, is closed from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6

  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight.

Sunday, July 3

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in July & August.

Sunday, July 10

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in July & August.

Sunday, July 17

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in July & August.

Sunday, July 24

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in July & August.

Sunday, July 31

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in July & August.

Sunday, August 7

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in August.

Sunday, August 14

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in August.

Sunday, August 21

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in August.

Sunday, August 28

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in August.

Sunday, September 4

  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today.