Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health (Updated @ 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20, 2020)

(You can find information about our current visitor restrictions here.)
 
 
While Nova Scotia Health Authority responds to COVID-19 and gradually reintroduces services and programs, some service areas will continue to be impacted.
  • You can find updates on surgical services reintroduction notices here.
  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.
  • Cancer and urgent/emergency procedures will continue. You can find updates on Cancer Care Program services reintroduction notices here.
  • Out-patient blood collection services are by appointment only.
  • NSHA’s Mental Health and Addictions Program is 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 to 4:30. This line has voicemail only 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 NSHA facilites and services 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 Authority 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: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • Out-patient blood collection services will not close completely however, services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours and number of locations). You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.  Patients who currently have requisitions for routine bloodwork are advised to contact their ordering physician or nurse practitioner for direction regarding their laboratory testing.
     
  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.
  • Geriatric Day Hospital, Camp Hill, patients will be contacted.

  • The following group primary care program areas in the Central Zone are cancelled: 
    • Community Health Teams
    • Diabetes Management Centres
    • Integrated Chronic Care Service
    • Hants Health and Wellness Team
    • Your Way to Wellness
    • Community Health and Wellness Centre
    • Please note that all one-on-one visits will continue for these service areas. Any patients who are unsure of whether or not this pertains to them, should contact their local clinic / team. 
       
  • INSPIRED program: The program continues to accept new referrals. Home visits will occur as required, while some care will be offered through virtual care and telephone where appropriate. Clinicians and patients are instructed to call 902-719-6194 if they have any questions.
     
  • Tim Hortons at Cobequid Community Health Centre operating 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. only, Monday to Friday.
     
  • VG Farmers Market held weekly on Fridays cancelled until further notice.
     
  • Starbucks Café at the Halifax Infirmary is closed to the public.

The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:

  • All in-person group-based programs and community outreach visits

  • Non-urgent home visits

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Tuesday, Oct. 20

  • The emergency department at Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital will open at 8 p.m.
  • The emergency department at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital will open at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • The emergency department at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital will be closed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m and from 6 p.m. to 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 NSHA libraries are closed
  • All group sessions for primary care and chronic disease management and wellness. That includes group medical visits, diabetes center group visits and classes, and cardiac rehab classes led by primary teams (not the cardiac rehab program in Sydney).
  • The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:
    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits
    • Non-urgent home visits
    • Crossroads Clubhouse in Sydney
    • Addictions Day Treatment/Wellness Programming at Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston and at Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney
    • Driving While Impaired and Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming.
  • 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 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

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Thursday, Oct. 15

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 4 p.m. It reopens on Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 a.m.
  • Diagnostic imaging (X-ray) at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m.
  • Guysborough Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 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 emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Friday, Oct. 16

  • Diagnostic imaging (X-ray) at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital is closed and will reopen on Monday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Saturday, Oct. 17

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 7 a.m. It reopens on Monday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Sunday, Oct. 18

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department is closed until Monday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Monday, Oct. 19 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Monday, Oct. 19

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial 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 emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 a.m.
  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 4 p.m. It reopens on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.

 

                  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

                  EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS

                  • All Saints Springhill Hospital - The emergency department is closed until further notice. During daytime hours (7 am to 7 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 (902-597-3773) in advance to check the status of physician coverage. Those with an emergency should always call 911.

                     
                  • Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital - During daytime hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday), the hospital will provide outpatient services for the treatment of unexpected but non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care.  Patients are strongly encouraged to call 902-657-2382 in advance of their visit. Those with an emergency should always call 911. The emergency department is closed until further notice.
                     
                  • North Cumberland Memorial Hospital - The emergency department is closed during the daytime until further notice.  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.

                     
                  • South Cumberland Community Care Centre - The emergency department is closed until further notice. During daytime hours, we are offering family medicine/primary care services to the residents of our community from the primary care clinic. Please call the hospital (902-254-2540) for clarification on the services. Those with an emergency should always call 911.


                  OTHER SERVICES

                  • Out-patient blood collection services will not close completely however, services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours and number of locations). You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.  Patients who currently have requisitions for routine bloodwork are advised to contact their ordering physician or nurse practitioner for direction regarding their laboratory testing.
                     
                  • Appointments are required for all non-emergency diagnostic imaging services.
                     
                  • All Nova Scotia Health libraries are closed
                     
                  • ADHD Assessment Clinic held weekly at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro is closed until further notice.
                     
                  • All group based programs at the One Door Chronic Disease Management Clinic in New Glasgow are cancelled until futher notice.
                     
                  • All group based programs at the Chronic Disease Management Clinic in at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro are cancelled until further notice.
                     
                  • The Your Way 2 Wellness Program scheduled to begin in Elmsdale on April 1 has been postponed. 
                  • The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:

                    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • New Hope Club in New Glasgow

                    • Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

                  There are currently no temporary closures in this area.

                  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

                  • All Nova Scotia Health libraries are closed
                  • Diabetes Centre at Fishermen’s Memorial and Queens General Hospitals – all group and non-urgent appointments cancelled.
                  • Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital - Asthma / COPD, non-urgent appointments cancelled.
                  • Diabetes Centre group and non-urgent appointments at Valley Regional, Soldiers Memorial and Annapolis Community Health Centre.
                  • Cardiac Investigation Walk-in clinics at Western Kings Memorial Health Centre & Annapolis Community Health Centre
                  • Persistent Pain Management Information Session in Western Kings Memorial Health Centre
                  • Post Partum Wellness groups in Kentville and Greenwood       
                  • 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 5 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.
                  • The following Mental Health & Addiction Program services will pause until further notice:

                    • Some group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • Beacon Program in Kentville

                    • Driving While Impaired and Smoking/Tobacco/Nicotine Cessation programming.

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

                  Friday, October 16

                  • Roseway Hospital's emergency department is closed all day today, and re-opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, at 8 a.m.
                  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is closed at 2 p.m., until tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, at 8 a.m.

                  Saturday, October 17

                  • Soldiers Memorial Hospital's emergency department is OPEN from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.. It closes at 9 p.m., until Sunday, October 18, at 8 a.m.