Nova Scotia Health announces short-term plan for EDs in Guysborough, Canso

Nova Scotia Health is advising the public of its short-term plan for the operations of the emergency departments at Guysborough Memorial Hospital and Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso.

Following discussions with the nursing staff and physicians who provide coverage at these emergency departments, there has been agreement that there will be a return to 24/7 operations over the next few weeks daily at Eastern Memorial Hospital and on intermittent days at Guysborough Memorial Hospital.

At Eastern Memorial Hospital in Canso, the emergency department will be open 24 hours daily starting tomorrow (Thursday) and will continue to operate 24/7 until July 27.

At Guysborough Memorial Hospital, the emergency department will close overnight tomorrow (Thursday) as had been previously announced. However, the emergency department will operate 24/7 over the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). The emergency will close at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13. It will then be open 24/7 on Tuesday, July 14, Thursday, July 16, and on the following dates:

  • July 20 and July 22
  • July 24, 25, 26

The public is reminded the emergency departments at both Eastern Memorial Hospital and Guysborough Memorial Hospital are open daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“We know the people in these communities want their emergency departments open full-time every day,” said Madonna MacDonald, Vice-President, Operations, Eastern Zone. “At this time, we are trying to provide the best level of service we can with the staff and physician resources we have available. Going forward, we remain committed to developing a long-term plan for health service delivery in these communities.”

Updates will be provided to the public weekly regarding the emergency department closures and will be posted on the Nova Scotia Health website Signage will also be posted at the impacted facilities. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, please call 811. The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line also operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.



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