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Sudden medical leave for Truro doctor leaves patients in limbo

A physician with the West End Medical Centre on Prince Street is on unexpected medical leave and has closed his practice for an unknown period of time.
A physician with the West End Medical Centre on Prince Street is on unexpected medical leave and has closed his practice for an unknown period of time.

TRURO, N.S. – Options are being explored for how best to deal with patients impacted by the sudden closure of a Truro doctor’s practice, a spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Health Authority says.

Senior media relations adviser Kristen Lipscombe said the authority is aware that a physician with the West End Medical Centre on Prince Street is on unexpected medical leave and has closed his practice for an unknown period of time.

Although Lipscombe could not provide personal specifics because of confidential reasons, the Truro Daily News has learned that the practice belongs to Dr. Harold Berghuis.

“We understand that his patients are concerned about access to a family doctor,” Lipscombe said.

She added that the practice has been contacting patients whose appointments have been impacted and further information will be provided to them by office staff.

“We are exploring options for his patients,” she said.

In the meantime, patients requiring routine care are asked to call 811 to speak with a registered nurse for health care advice or visit a local walk-in clinic.

Those with mental health concerns are asked to call the 24-hour mental health crisis line at 1-888-429-8167.

For emergency health services, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

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