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Health authority announces temporary relocation of Barrington health clinic services due to environmental testing

A sign indicating a closure of the Barrington Community Health Clinic.
A sign indicating a closure of the Barrington Community Health Clinic. - Kathy Johnson

BARRINGTON, N.S. – Services at the Barrington Community Health Clinic are being temporarily relocated while environmental testing takes place. The testing is necessary because staff noticed an unusual smell in the space.

In a media release sent out June 14, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) says it is difficult to say how long this temporary relocation of services will last.

“Samples need to be taken and sent for testing. Depending on testing results, there may be some work needed to fix any problems,” the release reads. “Nova Scotia Health Authority will work with the owners of the building to identify any problems and plan for repairs that may be needed.”

NSHA says it is committed to safety for all, and providing a safe, healthy workplace for staff and a safe environment for patients to receive care and services.

People with upcoming booked appointments at the Barrington Health Centre will be contacted with the change of location of their appointment.

Until services are restored, people who require blood collection may use the services at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne or at Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

• Roseway Hospital blood collection: Monday to Friday, 8 to 11 a.m.

• Yarmouth Hospital blood collection: Monday to Friday: 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Both blood collection locations are closed on holidays.

This isn’t the first time services offered at the clinic have had to be relocated. Last year the Barrington Community Health Clinic was closed for an extended period after a heavy rainstorm at the end of September caused extensive water damage. Months later NSHA was still working on those repairs, which included removing damaged materials, installing a vapour barrier and replacing drywall. There was also painting required. Air quality testing was done before staff returned to the space.


 

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