Primary care health clinics in Truro and New Glasgow are currently being built for people without a family physician or nurse.
These new clinics are intended to be a temporary defence against the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as announced by the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) on Friday. The said clinics will be open from the 6th of April until the 30th of June.
Dr Aaron Smith, acting medical executive director of the northern zone of NSHA, said that these health centres are for the individuals who already added their names to the Need a Family Practice Registry through needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca. This would serve as a short-term option to obtain health care services other than those provided by emergency departments.
The majority of the clinic appointments will be virtual, which can either be done through video or phone. Those who need an in-person appointment may be possible, which is subject to the discretion of the primary care provider.
All appointments for unattached people must be agreed over the phone. Persons without a doctor or nurse and who are part of the registry must call New Glasgow or Truro. New Glasgow, which is serving Pictou County, can be contacted via 902-752-8643 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Mondays to Fridays. Meanwhile, East Hants/Colchester is assisted by Truro which you may reach at 902-899-2273 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Mondays to Fridays.
These primary care access clinics will give next-day or same-day services for folks with a health condition that necessitates urgent treatment. The latter may include but is not limited to asthma, urinary problems, earaches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhoea, bites, stings, eye infections/irritations, muscle aches, mild allergic reactions, and minor wounds/injuries.
Those who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and a cough must complete the COVID-19 self-screening which is available via 811.novascotia.ca. After completing the self-screen, they must promptly call 811 for additional guidance.