PSA: Mobile primary care clinic pop-up locations in Halifax Regional Municipality and Kentville this weekend

Nova Scotia Health’s mobile primary care clinic, in partnership with IWK Health, Emergency Health Services (EHS), and community partners will be at two pop-up locations on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The last booked appointment will be at 4:30 p.m.

Halifax Regional Municipality:
Cobequid Community Health Centre
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville

Kentville:
Centennial Professional Centre
81 Exhibition Street, Kentville

This is a temporary service for the weekend to provide an appropriate primary care setting for an increased number of people with mild or moderate health concerns currently being experienced. The clinic can only address non-urgent, low-acuity health issues and is not an emergency service. See a list of types of concerns below if you are not sure where to go.

Care at the clinic will be provided by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

Upon arrival you will be asked the reason for your visit to ensure we are able to treat your concern. If yes, you will be screened for COVID-19 and given an approximate appointment time. Your patience is greatly appreciated as we aim to provide you the best possible care. Please have your health card and a list of your medications ready.

Types of concerns that may be addressed at the mobile primary care clinic include:

• Prescription refills or renewals (except for controlled substances)
• Minor respiratory symptoms
• Sore throat
• Earaches
• Fever
• Headache
• Rashes
• Minor gastrointestinal concerns (vomiting and diarrhea)
• Cough, flu, or cold symptoms
• Urinary tract infections
• Muscle pain

The clinic cannot address urgent or life-threatening concerns. You will need to call 911 if you are experiencing any of the following:

• Stroke/facial weakness
• New onset of weakness
• Heart attack/chest pain or tightness
• Unable to wake/unconscious
• Sudden onset of severe headache or confusion
• Seizure and/or severe head injury
• Major assault
• Severe difficulty breathing or trouble speaking
• Uncontrolled or severe bleeding
• Major trauma such as loss of limb or laceration
• Severe allergic reaction
• Severe burns

There will not be access to lab or diagnostic imaging services at the mobile clinic.

Please note other options for care:

• Do not hesitate to visit an emergency department if you are experiencing an emergency. Anyone with urgent medical needs should call 911.
• Nova Scotians who are on the Need a Family Practice Registry may now access VirtualCareNS, which provides free, temporary access to primary health care. Visit virtualcarens.ca to register or request a virtual visit. VirtualCareNS is not an emergency service.
• 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 provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.
• Additional local resources available at www.nshealth.ca/wheretogoforhealthcare