Increased Access for Patients at Annapolis Collaborative Emergency Centre; CEC to be Open Seven Days Per Week

ANNAPOLIS, N.S. – Patients who require services at the Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) at Annapolis Community Health Centre will now be able to access the CEC seven days a week. This is a temporary measure as part of the response to COVID-19.

The group of physicians who serve patients at the Annapolis Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC), have worked together to develop a 7-day schedule to give patients access to the CEC during daytime hours - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The service overnight, with a paramedic, nurse and Medical-Oversight-Physician will remain as usual, with 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. service.

This means the Annapolis CEC will once again be open Tuesdays and Thursdays. The CEC has seen scheduled closures on Tuesdays and Thursdays since 2018 because of challenges with physician availability.

Access to many Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) programs and services has been reduced or changed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These changes have also allowed resources to be redeployed in other areas.

It is expected the increase in hours at the Annapolis CEC will be able to continue while the measures to deal with COVID-19 are in place.

“We want to thank our local physicians and nurse practitioners for the work they continue to do to best serve patients in our area,” said Dan Marsh, site leader, Annapolis Community Health Centre. “This increased access to the Collaborative Emergency Centre will mean more patients will be able to access urgent care closer to home.”

Anyone with urgent medical needs should call 911. For general health advice and information call 811, which is a service offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by experienced registered nurses.

The Mental Health Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.

Nova Scotians should continue to access their family practice when they need help with managing a health concern. Many family doctors and nurse practitioners are offering appointments by phone, and some may be providing appointments using video. Please call your family practice as you normally would to schedule an appointment.

Please note - All NSHA outpatient blood collections now take place by booked appointments only. At this time we are not able to accept walk-ins. For a blood collection appointment at Annapolis Community Health Centre, call: 902-825-5191, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

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