Here are some of the options for virtual care with Nova Scotia Health:
Virtual Care NS
Virtual Care NS
For many Nova Scotians, virtual care means using Virtual Care NS.
It runs off of a platform called Maple, and allows registered users to get virtual appointments with primary care providers.
To see an example of how Virtual Care NS works, watch this video:
Virtual appointments with specialists and other health care providers
If your specialist or health care provider considers you to be appropriate, you may be eligible to attend your appointment virtually using an approved application (e.g., Zoom for Healthcare). If you are interested in learning if your health care provider offers this option, contact them directly to inquire.
Once a virtual appointment is confirmed, your health care provider will send you an invitation that includes instructions on how to join your appointment. Review the instructions carefully before your appointment to make sure that you have a good experience. If you do not have access to technology at home, ask your health care provider to contact IMIT Virtual Care to determine if there is an option to attend your appointment at a healthcare facility near you. Some healthcare facilities can assist with technology, space and support to get you connected to your appointment.
Mental Health and Addictions services
Virtual care has been proven effective for treating many mental health and substance use conditions, providing a convenient and confidential option for your needs.
Mental Health and Addictions use virtual care for individual and group sessions for a wide variety of programs and supports.
There are a few options for you:
Primary Health Care Virtual Care
Primary Health Care is the first point of health care in our Nova Scotia health system. Citizens connect with a family doctor or nurse practitioner to get care. There are private offices and there are collaborative family practice teams who deliver health services.
Many primary health care locations are equipped to provide access to virtual care. Contact your health care providers directly to find out if they are offering virtual appointments.