Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated @ 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 2022)

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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 area and West Hants (*This page does not provide temporary closure information for the IWK Health Centre)

PLEASE NOTE: Diagnostic imaging is temporarily unavailable at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital due to a staffing shortage.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital’s emergency department will open at 8 a.m.
  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed.
  • The emergency department at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital is closed. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27.
  • The emergency department at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital will be operating at reduced hours. It will be closed in the day, but will be open in the evening from 7 to 10:30 p.m.  

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until 8 p.m.

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. 
    • Cape Breton Regional Hospital: 902-567-7922
    • Glace Bay Hospital:  902-842-2834
    • New Waterford Hospital:  902-592-3425
    • North Sydney Hospital:  902-794-8974
  • 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

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to 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 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to 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 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to 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 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Friday, Jan. 28

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 4 p.m. It reopens on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice due to 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 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 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

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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

Wednesday, January 26

  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department is closed from 5 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, at 7 a.m.
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow night at 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 27

  • Roseway Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 a.m. and will re-open tomorrow, Friday, January 28 at 8 a.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, is closed all day today, and will re-open tomorrow, Friday January 28, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Friday, January 28, at 7:30 a.m.

Friday, January 28

  • Roseway Hospital's emergency department is closed at 6 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, January 29 at 8 a.m.
  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department is closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, January 29, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre After-Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, January 29

  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Sunday, January 30, at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, January 30

  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Monday, January 31, at 7:30 a.m.

Monday, January 31

  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, February 1, at 7:30 a.m.