Nova Scotia Department of Health warns to expect ER and ambulance delays over the long weekend

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Department of Health is warning the public to expect delays to emergency and ambulance services over the holiday long weekend due to staffing shortages.

Officials say they anticipate longer than usual wait times for care in emergency departments and for admission from emergency departments to hospital beds.

They say that as a result, the timely transfer of patients by ambulance crews may “not always be possible” and it could affect the ambulance’s response time to 911 calls.

Authorities are urging people with less serious medical conditions to contact their family doctor or go to a walk-in clinic.

The health authority also apologizes in advance for the pending situation.

On Thursday, the authority said 270 health care workers are currently off work across the province due to COVID-19.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 29, 2022.

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