Urgent virtual care expanding to two Nova Scotia hospitals

By CityNews Halifax Staff

Residents in a pair of towns on the South Shore will soon have another option for accessing urgent health care.

In a release, Nova Scotia Health says two hospitals will offer a virtual option for people with urgent, but non-life-threatening health issues.

Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg will offer the service starting May 28 while Roseway Hospital in Shelburne will start the service on May 31.

Nova Scotia Health says virtual urgent care is not a replacement for local emergency departments but it will improve wait times and access when those departments are temporarily closed.

With Digby General Hospital already offering the service, Virtual Urgent Care will now be available at three sites Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Even if the local emergency department is closed during these times, the virtual option will be available most days unless otherwise noted.

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