Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated at 12:05 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 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, 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.

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today.
  • Hants Community Hospital's emergency department will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department closed today.
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today.
  • Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today.

Sunday, Aug. 21

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

Monday, Aug. 22

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

Tuesday, Aug. 23

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

Wednesday, Aug. 24

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

Thursday, Aug. 25

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

Friday, Aug. 26

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

Saturday, Aug. 27

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is OPEN today.
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed today.

Sunday, Aug. 28

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

Monday, Aug. 29

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

Tuesday, Aug. 30

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

Wednesday, Aug. 31

  • Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital's emergency department is OPEN 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. today.
  • Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open 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

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Sunday, Aug. 21 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 20

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Sunday, Aug. 21 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 21

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 22

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 23

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 7 p.m. and reopens on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 24

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Thursday, Aug. 25 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, Aug. 25

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 a.m.
  • 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 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, Aug. 26

  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 5 p.m. 
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens 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   

  • All Saint Springhill Hospital’s Collaborative Emergency Centre will be closed Friday, August 19 and will re-open Wednesday, August 24. 
  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Pugwash will be closed Friday, August 19 and will re-open Monday, August 22. 
  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Treatment Centre in Tatamagouche will be closed Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. 

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.

Friday, August 19

  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department is open reduced hours today, closing this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick, After-Hours clinic is closed tonight. 
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It closes at 1:30 p.m. and will re-open Saturday, August 20, at 8 a.m.  
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department, re-opens at 8 a.m. It closes again at 6 p.m. and re-opens Tuesday afternoon, August 23, at 4 p.m.
  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton, emergency department is closed all day today, and will re-open tomorrow, Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 20

  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department is open reduced hours today, closing this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department OPENS at 8 a.m.  
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department is closed today, Sunday and Monday. It re-opens Tuesday afternoon, August 23, at 4 p.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick, After-Hours clinic is closed today.

Sunday, August 21

  • Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg, emergency department is open reduced hours today, closing this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and will re-open tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre, Wolfville, After Hours Clinic is closed today and every Sunday in August.
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department is closed today and Monday. It re-opens Tuesday afternoon, August 23, at 4 p.m.

Monday, August 22

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is closed at 6:30 a.m., and will re-open Wednesday, August 24, at 8 a.m.  
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department is closed today, and re-opens tomorrow, Tuesday afternoon, August 23, at 4 p.m.
  • Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick, After-Hours clinic is closed tonight. It will be open tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is closed all day today, and will re-open Wednesday, August 24, at 8 a.m.  
  • Roseway Hospital, Shelburne, emergency department re-opens this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24

  • Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, emergency department is open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It is closed at 1:30 p.m., and will re-open Thursday, August 25, at 8 a.m.  

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.