Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated at 9:57 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 1

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department will close tonight at 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2 

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department will be closed until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3 

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

Sunday, Dec. 4 

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 5 

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 

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

Wednesday, Dec. 7 

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

Thursday, Dec. 8 

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

Friday, Dec. 9 

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

Saturday, Dec. 10 

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

Sunday, Dec. 11 

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

Monday, Dec. 12 

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

Tuesday, Dec. 13 

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

Wednesday, Dec. 14 

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

Thursday, Dec. 15 

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

Friday, Dec. 16 

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

Saturday, Dec. 17

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18 

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

Monday, Dec. 19 

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

Tuesday, Dec. 20 

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

Wednesday, Dec. 21 

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

Thursday, Dec. 22 

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

Friday, Dec. 23

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

Saturday, Dec. 24 

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

Sunday, Dec. 25 

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

Monday, Dec. 26

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

Tuesday, Dec. 27

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

Wednesday, Dec. 28

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

Thursday, Dec. 29 

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

Friday, Dec. 30 

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

Saturday, Dec. 31 

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

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​

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until 7 p.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. and reopens at 7 p.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Sunday, Dec. 4

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Monday, Dec. 5

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 p.m. It reopens on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 6 p.m. and reopens on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 6 p.m. and reopens on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

Friday, Dec. 9

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department opens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's temporary urgent treatment centre is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 902-295-2983 to book an appointment.

 

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

TEMPORARY CLOSURES ​

Friday, Dec. 2

  • All Saint Springhill Hospital’s Collaborative Emergency Centre will be closed today
  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Tatamagouche will be closed today

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • All Saint Springhill Hospital’s Collaborative Emergency Centre will be closed today
  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Pugwash will be closed today
  • The Parrsboro Urgent Treatment Centre at South Cumberland Community Care Centre is fully booked for Saturday, December 3.  We ask that you call back the next day the UTC is open to book an appointment.  

Sunday, Dec. 4

  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Pugwash will be closed today
  • All Saints Springhill Hospital's Collaborative Emergency Centre is closed for registration. It will reopen for registration tomorrow at 7 a.m

Monday, Dec. 5

  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Tatamagouche will be closed today 

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.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

  • Annapolis Community Health Centre's Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) is closed. The new Annapolis Urgent Treatment Centre OPENS Wednesday, Oct. 12. Visit: https://www.nshealth.ca/urgenttreatmentcentre   
  • 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.
  • Yarmouth Regional Hospital Mental Health & Addictions Withdrawal Management/Wellness Services is temporarily reduced to five days per week, Mon. - Fri., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can call the Mental Health & Addictions Crisis line 24/7, by calling: 1-888-429-8167.

Friday, December 2

  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department is closed at 7 p.m. (patient registration closed at 5 p.m.) It will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, at 7 a.m.
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is closed at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open Sunday, December 4, at 8 a.m.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department is closed all day today, and will re-open Saturday, December 3, at 8 a.m.

Saturday, December 3

  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department opens at 7 a.m., but will close again at 8 p.m.. It will re-open Sunday, December 4, at 8 a.m.
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is closed all day today, and will re-open tomorrow, Sunday, December 4, at 8 a.m.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department re-opens at 8 a.m.

Sunday, December 4

  • Digby General Hospital's emergency department is closed at 8 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow, Monday, December 5, at 8 a.m.
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It is closed again at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open tomorrow, Monday, December 5, at 8 a.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department is closed at 8:43. It will reopen tomorrow, Monday, December 5 at 7:30 a.m.

Monday, December 5

  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department is closed today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department opens at 8 a.m. It is closed again at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open Wednesday, December 7 at 8 a.m.
  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department opens at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 6

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is closed all day today, and will re-open Wednesday, December 7 at 8 a.m.