Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated at 10:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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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Home visits for home support, nursing, care coordination, home oxygen and equipment services may be delayed or cancelled due to widespread damage throughout the province as a result of Hurricane Fiona. Please call your service provider directly to confirm appointments. People scheduled to move into a long-term care home can call the long-term care home directly to confirm. If you have any questions, please call your Nova Scotia Health care coordinator or our intake line 1-800-225-7225 (toll-free).

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is OPEN from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m, and from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. 
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

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

Thursday, Sept. 29

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

Friday, Sept. 30

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

Saturday, October 1

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

Sunday, October 2

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

Monday, October 3

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

Tuesday, October 4

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

Wednesday, October 5

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

Thursday, October 6

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

Friday, October 7

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

Saturday, October 8

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

Sunday, October 9

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

Monday, October 10

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

Tuesday, October 11

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

Wednesday, October 12

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

Thursday, October 13

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

Friday, October 14

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

October 15

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

October 16

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

October 17

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

October 18

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

October 19

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

October 20

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

October 21

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

October 22

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

October 23

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

October 24

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

October 25

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

October 26

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

October 27

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open.

October 28

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

October 29

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

October 30

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

October 31

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

Information for Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties

SERVICES UPDATE - HURRICANE FIONA RECOVERY

Eastern Zone will continue to provide emergency and urgent care at its sites as it continues to recover from Hurricane Fiona

  • Perioperative (surgical) services across the zone will focus on emergencies only. Elective surgical procedures and endoscopies are cancelled until end of day, Friday, Sept. 30. 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 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.
  • Scheduled Mental Health and Addictions program will continue as usual, however there may be some appointment location changes, and/or appointment type changes, such as transitioning to virtual. The provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.
  • Scheduled Primary Care appointments will operate as usual, however there may be some appointment location changes, and/or appointment type changes, such as transitioning to virtual.
  • Adult day programs through long-term care, geriatric clinics and rehab outpatients clinics remain closed.
  • COVID-19 testing clinics will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • Cancer care and renal dialysis continues as scheduled. 
  • Appointments for lab (blood) collections continue as scheduled
  • Appointments for diagnostic imaging (X-Ray) continue as scheduled. 

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

Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department will transition to a temporary urgent treatment centre on Oct. 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 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department will transition to a temporary urgent treatment centre on Oct. 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.
  • The Public Health Mobile Unit COVID-19 testing clinic at Millville Community Centre is cancelled. 

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 p.m. It reopens on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department will transition to a temporary urgent treatment centre on Oct. 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 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 902-794-8966 to book an appointment.

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 8 a.m.  
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department will transition to a temporary urgent treatment centre on Oct. 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 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

TEMPORARY CLOSURES ​

  • River Hebert Primary Health Care Clinic will be closed Wednesday, September 28.  
  • Pictou West Collaborative Practice will be closed Wednesday. September 28. 
  • Westside Medical Centre in New Glasgow will be closed Wednesday, September 28. 
  • The Public Health Mobile Unit COVID-19 testing clinic at Noel Fire Hall is cancelled for Wednesday, September 28.
  • Mental Health and Addictions Opioid Treatment & Recovery Program in Truro remains without power. Patients will be notified that services will continue to be offered at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre. Patients may call the clinic directly and leave a message if they have any concerns. Referrals for this service continue to be accepted by calling the Intake Service at 1-855-922-1122. 
  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Tatamagouche will be closed Friday, September 30.

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 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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. If a physician is unavailable, a closure notice will be posted above in the Temporary Closures section. A nurse practitioner is available on various days to provide care to patients with non-urgent health care 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 a.m. to 8 p.m., 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. If a physician is unavailable, a closure notice will be posted above in the Temporary Closures section. During overnight hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., 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.

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

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) is currently closed 24/7.
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton, emergency department is OPEN from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (closing at 1:30 p.m.) each day, unless otherwise noted below.

Wednesday, September 28

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It will close again at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open Thursday, September 29, at 8 a.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department, is open reduced hours today and closed at 1 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Nova Scotia Health Mental Health and Addictions Program Withdrawal Management/Wellness services at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg will be temporarily closed today, September 28. It will reopen tomorrow, September 29 at 8 a.m. You can find more information here

Thursday, September 29

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It will close again at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open Friday, September 30, at 8 a.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department, is open reduced hours today and closed at 1 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow, Friday, September 30, at 7:30 a.m.

Friday, September 30

  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick, After Hours Clinic is closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Eastern Kings Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.