Mobile primary care clinic returns to Halifax this weekend

By Meghan Groff

The mobile primary care clinic will be stopping in Halifax this weekend.

Doctors and nurse practitioners will be seeing patients with mild or moderate health concerns at the shopping plaza on Mumford Road.

Find it Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5 near the Shoppers Drug Mart from 9 a.m. until 4:20 p.m.

Those heading there are asked to bring their health card and have a list of medications available.

This is for non-urgent concerns including:

  • Prescription refills or renewals
  • Minor respiratory symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Earaches
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rashes
  • Minor gastrointestinal concerns (vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Cough, flu, or cold symptoms
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Muscle pain

Patients will be asked why they're visiting, and if the clinic can help, they'll be screened for COVID, then given an approximate appointment time.

“Depending on wait times, you may be able to leave and return for your appointment,” Nova Scotia Health said in a news release.

This clinic will not be handling urgent or life-threatening concerns, or providing lab or diagnostic imaging services.

“This is a temporary service to provide an appropriate primary care setting for an increased number of people experiencing mild or moderate health concerns,” health officials added.

Anyone experiencing any of the following should call 911:

  • Stroke/facial weakness
  • New onset of weakness
  • Heart attack/chest pain or tightness
  • Unable to wake/unconscious
  • Sudden onset of severe headache or confusion
  • Seizure and/or severe head injury
  • Major assault
  • Severe difficulty breathing or trouble speaking
  • Uncontrolled or severe bleeding
  • Major trauma such as loss of limb or laceration
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Severe burns

The provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line can be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.

Nova Scotians can call 811 24/7 to get general health advice and information from experienced registered nurses.

And VirtualCareNS is available to all Nova Scotians on the Need a Family Practice Registry.

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