Temporary service and facility closure notices from Nova Scotia Health Authority (Updated @ 8:45 p.m. May 26, 2020)

(You can find information about our current visitor restrictions here.)
 
Many Nova Scotia Health Authority services are being reduced or suspended until further notice as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This also allows us to conserve and redeploy our resources in anticipation of increasing demand related to the pandemic.
 
This means that beginning Wednesday, March 18:
  • You can find updates on surgical services reintroduction notices here.
  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
  • Cancer and urgent/emergency procedures will continue. You can find updates on Cancer Care Program services reintroduction notices here.
  • Out-patient blood collection services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours, number of locations, many by appointment only).   You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.
  • NSHA’s Mental Health and Addictions Program is here to help. Our staff, clinicians, and physicians are dedicated to providing high-quality care during the pandemic and after. We are supporting clients and patients using Tele-mental Health (phone or video) where available. Telemental Health is reported as satisfactory as face-to-face services for clients, patients, and their families. If a person’s clinical needs require in-person contact, we will arrange it. The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 for you or someone you are concerned about, (toll-free) 1-888429-8167. 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 statutory 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 out-patient Hearing and Speech NS clinics are closed until further notice
  • All volunteer involvement/programs at NSHA facilites and services has been suspended until further notice
  • NSHA’s Cancer Care Program is dedicated to maintaining cancer services to the greatest extent possible during the COVID 19 pandemic.
    Currently, all outpatient services in medical, radiation and gynecologic oncology, as well as hematology, including chemotherapy and radiation treatments, will be continuing to provide clinical services but minimizing patients coming to the hospital when safe and possible. Patients with appointments in medical, hematologic and gynecologic oncology may receive a telephone call from the cancer centre or clinic prior to any scheduled appointments advising if the appointment has been changed to a telephone or video appointment. All patients scheduled for radiation therapy will go ahead as planned.
    NSHA is working on a process to continue cancer surgeries, as possible. All scheduled cancer and non-cancer surgeries are being reviewed to ensure we are able to provide the best cancer surgery services possible within resource limitations due to COVID 19. Patients will be contacted if there are changes to their surgery dates.
This reduction of services is a planned component of our pandemic response and business continuity planning. 

As much as possible, NSHA is contacting scheduled patients and clients directly to notify them of cancellations. 

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

  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
     
  • 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.
  • All NSHA libraries are closed

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinic at the Dickson Building in Halifax is closed until further notice.

  • 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: Non-urgent home visits scheduled will be cancelled. Staff will be arranging telephone consultations with patients directly. Patients are instructed to call 902-898-6484 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 group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits

  • Non-urgent home visits

  • Adolescent Outreach Services and Schools Plus, offered in various schools across the province;

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

The Pain Self-Management Group Program that takes place at the VG site of the QEII Health Science Centre in Halifax is not running at this time due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking note of people who have been referred, and plan to contact them directly once the group is up-and-running again. For the time being, resources to help people self-manage their chronic pain can be accessed at https://library.nshealth.ca/Patients/ChronicPain, there are new materials being posted to the site weekly, so be sure to check in often! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Monday, May 26

  • The emergency department at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital will be closed on Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30.

Information for Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough Counties

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS PART OF OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
  • All walk-in ECG services at Cape Breton Regional, Glace Bay, Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated Hospitals are suspended until further notice.
  • 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:
    • All group-based programs, group therapies/ treatments, and community outreach visits
    • Non-urgent home visits
    • Adolescent Outreach Services (including CaperBase Outreach Services) and Schools Plus offered in various schools across the province
    • 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.
       
  • 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.
     
  • Cardiac Services
    • ECG service is suspended until further notice
      • Location:  Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Glace Bay, Northside General and New Waterford Consolidated Hospitals.
  • Ambulatory Care in Community Sites
    (There could be further changes.)
    • All non-urgent clinic visits have been canceled
    • Northside General Hospital
      • Ambulatory Care –  decreased to 3 days week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
        • Transfusion medicine (blood transfusions, Iron, IVIG, phlebotomies) & urgent cases only, all other clinic work canceled
        • Complex Dressings – packings – that are unable to be done by patient 
      • Orthoptic Clinic
        • closed – urgent patients will be seen by appointment
    • Glace Bay Hospital
      • Ambulatory Care –  decreased to 3 days week Mon – Wed – Fri – oxygen therapy dressings, deep packings 
      • Medical Day Unit – continue with service to accommodate transfusion medicine (blood transfusions, Iron, IVIG, and Baby Bottle Chemo, IV ABX, Magnesium, Ferrlecit- will review treatments/patient list
      • Eye Clinic – patients will be triaged for urgent treatment only – eye lasers & injections
        • Doctor may require to see an emergent patient if they are on call for ophthalmology – appointments are spaced out to avoid congregation of people
    • New Waterford Consolidated
      • Ambulatory Care – decrease with service 2 days week – Tuesday  &  Friday
        • Transfusion medicine (blood transfusions, Iron, IVIG, IV ABX) & complex wound dressings

ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

Monday, May 25

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m. 
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department is closed until Tuesday, May 26 at 7 a.m.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance. It will reopen when work is completed.

Tuesday, May 26

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department closes at 6 p.m. It reopens on Wednesday, May 27 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 Wednesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance. It will reopen when work is completed.

Wednesday, May 27

  • Victoria County Memorial Hospital's emergency department reopens at 8 a.m.
  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department closes at 6 a.m. It reopens on Thursday, May 28 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 Thursday, May 28 at 7 a.m.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance. It will reopen when work is completed.

Thursday, May 28

  • Strait Richmond Hospital's emergency department 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 Friday, May 29 at 7 a.m.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance. It will reopen when work is completed.

Friday, May 29

  • Glace Bay Hospital's emergency department reopens at 7 a.m. It also closes at 4 p.m. and reopens on Sunday, May 31 at 7 a.m.
  • Northside General Hospital's emergency department is closed until further notice to direct resources to other health needs during COVID-19.
  • Eastern Memorial Hospital's emergency department is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed overnight.
  • New Waterford Consolidated Hospital's emergency department is closed for facility maintenance. It will reopen when work is completed.

 

                  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 emergency department in Tatamagouche 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.
                  •  
                  • Effective March 27 and until further notice, the inpatient women’s and children’s unit at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst is temporarily closed, including for any planned deliveries.  Pregnancy and delivery care will be provided at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro or the Moncton Hospital in Moncton, NB depending on the patients’ home location.  In the event of an emergency or unplanned delivery, there will be family physician, an obstetrician and nursing staff available in Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre to support pregnancy care. Prenatal care will continue to be provided by the hospital’s team. This closure allows for the redeployment of the staff and physician to other work.
                     
                  • All non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
                     
                  • 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.
                     
                  • Beginning Wednesday, April 8 blood collection services at the Lloyd E. Matheson Building in Elmsdale will be closed until further notice. For blood collection services, please go to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro (for an appointment call 902-893-5554, ext 49999) or go to the Cobequid Health Center in Lower Sackville (for an appointment call 902-473-2074 or 1-833-942-2298)
                     
                  • All NSHA 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 March 31, possibly longer.
                     
                  • All group based programs at the Chronic Disease Management Clinic in at Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro are cancelled until March 31, possibly longer.
                     
                  • The Your Way 2 Wellness Program scheduled to begin in Elmsdale on April 1 has been postponed. 
                     
                  • Martha’s Place Gift Shop at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow is closed until further notice.
                  • The following Mental Health & Addictions Program services will pause until further notice:

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

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • Adolescent Outreach Services and Schools Plus, offered in various schools across the province

                    • New Hope Club in New Glasgow

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

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES:

                  There are no additional temporary closures at this time.  Please check back before your visit.

                  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 non-urgent diagnostic imaging appointments will be rescheduled and walk-in x-ray services will be closed.
                     
                  • Out-patient blood collection services will not close completely however, services will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours and number of locations). Details regarding these changes will  be communicated as soon as they are available. Patients who currently have requisitions for routine bloodwork are advised to contact their ordering physician or nurse practitioner for direction regarding their laboratory testing.
                     
                  • Valley Regional Hospital outpatient blood collection is closed - Blood collection has moved to Eastern Kings Memorial Health Centre (EKMHC) as of Tuesday, March 24
                    • EKMHC blood collection will be by appointment only – no walk-ins. Call for appointment. 
                    • Urgent blood collections only. People with routine requisitions will be asked to contact their provider for direction
                  • All NSHA 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 will be reduced (i.e. reduction in hours, number of locations, many by appointment only).   You can find an up to date list of blood collection service disruptions here.
                  • The following Mental Health & Addiction Program services will pause until further notice:

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

                    • Non-urgent home visits

                    • Adolescent Outreach Services and Schools Plus, offered in various schools across the province;

                    • Beacon Program in Kentville

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

                  ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY CLOSURES

                  Monday, May 25

                  • After Hours Clinic at Eastern Kings Memorial Hospital is closed from 5 to 9 p.m.