The Digby General Hospital emergency department will be closed an additional 12-hour shift this Friday, Nov. 16, due to physician unavailability.
The ED will be closed the following hours for the remainder of November:
Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 8p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
South West Health apologizes for any inconvenience these closures may cause.
They suggest Digby County residents visit the nearest open emergency department or collaborative emergency centre. But call first to make sure it is open.
Dial 911 in the case of a health emergency; paramedics can administer live saving treatment during transport to hospital.
In non-emergency situations, residents can call 811 to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week for advice.
When you go to any emergency department bring your Nova Scotia health card, a list of your medications and a list of allergies.
South West Health suggests the following ways to stay healthy and to help avoid a trip to the emergency department:
wear your seat belt and driving safely
wear safety equipment at work and play
wear non-slip footwear
remove loose wires and things you may trip over,
wash your hands often
don’t drink and drive.