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Medical services required for Truro homeless man

Officials with the Truro Homeless Outreach Society are hoping to reach a solution with town council for dealing with vagrant individuals in the downtown core.
Truro Homeless Outreach Society.

TRURO, N.S. – A homeless man who has been sleeping behind the Truro Hub House shelter has been admitted to hospital after an official noticed he was having medical difficulties.

The man, who is originally from New Glasgow, has been sleeping behind the shelter and other locations around town for the past several months after choosing not to accept the nighttime accommodation available.

Jolene Reid, spokesperson for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society, said the Truro Police Service was called to assess the man after he appeared to be showing signs of a medical difficulty.

“As with any individual that you would see in distress, it appeared visually that this individual was in distress,” she said. “So we followed protocol that we had received from our various points of contact and Truro police responded for a wellness check and it just went forward from there.”

Truro Police Inspector Rob Hearn said after an initial assessment by the officers who responded, EHS paramedics were called to the scene. Following a medical assessment by the paramedics, the individual voluntarily agreed to be transported to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.

“And now he is getting care,” Reid said.

As to whether the man will be permitted to continue sleeping behind the shelter after his release, should he choose to do so, Reid said that determination has not be made.

“The board has discussed the possibility and it will be having a meeting to discuss that, but no decisions have been made at this time.”

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

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