Good news for Pictou County residents who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner: a clinic is opening here for you.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority is opening an interim primary care access clinic in New Glasgow, and one in Truro, to provide care for immediate primary health care needs.
The clinics will be operational April 6 through June 30 as a temporary measure to provide care for people who do not have a primary care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic .
“These clinics are for those who have already added their names to the Need a Family Practice Registry, as an interim option to receive care other than local emergency departments,” said Dr. Aaron Smith, interim medical executive director, Northern Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority.
“As we continue to prepare our facilities to care for patients with COVID-19, these clinics will be available to meet the immediate health care needs of those who do not currently have a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Anyone who does not have a primary care provider can add their name to the registry online at needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca.”
The majority of the appointments provided by the family doctors and nurse practitioners working at the two clinics will be virtual, either by phone or video. Patients who need an in-person appointment will also be seen, as determined by the primary care provider.
The clinics provide same day or next day primary medical care for those who have an illness, injury, or more urgent health condition that requires prompt treatment, such as:
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Back, joint, or muscle aches and pains
- Mild headaches
- Eye irritation and infections
- Urinary problems
- Asthma (mild to moderate)
- Bites and stings
- Rashes, hives, and mild allergic reactions
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other minor wounds
- Other minor conditions or minor injuries
People with flu-like symptoms (fever / sore throat) or a new or worsening cough should complete the COVID-19 self-screen available at 811.novascotia.ca, and then call 811 for advice, rather than make an appointment at one of these clinics.
All appointments must be arranged by phone:
- New Glasgow (serving Pictou County): 902-752-8643 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Truro (serving Colchester East Hants: 902-899-2273 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.