TRURO – The Colchester East Hants Health Centre is experiencing a significant increase in hospital admissions and a high number of visits to its emergency department.
The Colchester East Hants Health Centre is experiencing overcrowding.
Patients who are not experiencing life threatening or emergency health issues can expect increased waits in the emergency department.
“We are very concerned with the significant pressures being placed on our hospital resources at this time and doing our very best to care for all the patients who need our attention,” said Peter MacKinnon, CEO of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. “We are asking community members to take measures to protect their health and to consider the different options they have to have their care needs met.”
The best way to protect from a cold, stomach bug and many other common illnesses is to keep hands clean. Washing hands regularly and ensuring we handle and serve food properly are both key to preventing illness year-round.
Nova Scotians have access to 24-hour advice from a registered nurse through the 811 service. Those who are concerned about their symptoms or are not sure what to do, can call 811 for advice.
Many patients who visit emergency departments have concerns that could be well managed by a family doctor or other primary care providers. This includes prescription renewals, support managing chronic illness and other non-emergency concerns. If you have a primary care doctor or nurse, please consider calling them first to see if they have openings available for urgent issues.
Community pharmacists can also offer information and advice on various health concerns.
Individuals who are receiving services in their home such as home support or nursing are encouraged to contact their care coordinator if their needs change.