The Health Centre Clinic hours are the following:
If you need emergency care you can call 911 or go to your closest emergency department at Valley Regional Hospital, Soldiers Memorial Hospital or Annapolis Community Health Centre.
It is also important to remind you that there is access to a registered nurse in the comfort of your home 24 hours a day by calling 811; this is a free service.
If you fear you’ve broken a bone or you are in severe pain or you’re having trouble breathing- go to an emergency department. If you are not sure which ED to visit, the 811 registered nurse can direct you to the best place for immediate treatment.
At AVH we offer two community health clinics that are open evenings and weekends to see patients with non-urgent health concerns. These clinics were planned to provide service for those who do not have a family doctor/nurse practitioner or those who have been unable to get a timely appointment with their family doctor or nurse practitioner. It is always best to seek care with your family doctor/ nurse practitioner in their office as they know you and have your health record. These clinics have set hours of operation and can see a limited number of patients. .It is not guaranteed that everyone who presents to the clinic will be able to be seen and may need to seek other options for care.
Can I walk-in for an appointment?
Our clinics have walk-in appointments available but it can be expected that these fill up through the evening. On weekdays, the clinics begin taking appointments at 4:45pm and the last appointment available is at 8:45pm. On the weekend, we recommend you register as early as 9:45am and the last appointement is slotted for 4:45pm.
Why is the clinic empty but they say there are no more appointments?
Because we give a set appointment on a first come, first serve, basis people do not have to stay and wait all evening to be seen. Instead of sitting in a room and waiting for several hours to be seen, our patients and their families can choose to leave and return for their appointment.
What are non-urgent health concerns?
These clinics are for the health concerns that one would normally see a family doctor or nurse practitioner for. Minor injuries such as cuts, strains, sprains, simple fractures, bladder and urinary tract infections, ear aches, URI complaints. There is no triage of patients to determine the order in which they will see the doctor.
What happens if I show up with an urgent health care need?
Urgent and emergent patients will be redirected to the nearest emergency department or collaborative emergency centre. Examples of urgent and emergent conditions are chest pain, migrane headaches, dehydration, fever control, allergic reactions, and abdominal pain.
What if I dont know if my concern is urgent or non-urgent?
You can speak to a registered nurse 24/7 by calling 811. This service will discuss your condition, start a chart if required and recommend the best place for service.
How can I get a family doctor?
Please see our section on Annapolis Valley Health family doctors.
Why did AVH change these clinics?
Annapolis Valley Health has been living in a new financial reality. We have had to cut millions from our budget to contribute to the provincial Back to Balance and minimize our impact to patient care where it is needed most. It is never easy to change a service that our community has come to depend on; however, we believe this is the right thing to do in our current situation. AVH is developing our community health centres to meet the changing health needs of the community.