NS mobile health clinic aims to reduce stress on ER – Halifax | Techy Kings


A new mobile health clinic aimed at helping more than 100,000 new Scots without a GP was launched at Cobequid Community Health Center at the weekend.

The pop-up clinic has entered the region to ease the strain on emergency departments, which are currently in high demand.

Tara Sampalli, Nova Scotia Health’s chief scientific officer, said the mobile clinic is designed to meet non-urgent needs to reduce emergency room visits and long waits.

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She said when the weather cools down, the clinic is moved indoors and the van is parked outside to show that the unit will still be on the road to reach many communities.

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“It’s for low-acuity primary care needs,” she said. “It’s not for emergency help, it’s not for emergency needs. This is good for when you have a cough, cold, or things like prescription supplements.

She said they’ve seen a lot of children, with more than 70 patients stopping by on Saturday, and more are expected to visit on Sunday.

“We also go to communities where there is an urgent need for primary health care,” Sampalli said. “We’re in the Cobequid location just for that reason, to be able to provide that level of primary care along with everything that happens when people get that care, and they get great follow-up as well.”

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Cobequid Community Health Center Health Services Manager Paul Easton said it’s an ideal location for everyone in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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“We’re located right off the highway,” he said. “So it’s great for access to the community, but for something like this where people can come from further afield, it’s great access for them as well.”

Paramedic Krista Taylor was on the scene and said it was a good way to spend a trip to the ER.

“There are certain things that people complain about that would be more appropriate for this clinic than the emergency room,” she said. “There is a backlog in the emergency room and as we all know, there are long waits.

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One patient said she was relieved when 811 told her to try the pop-up.

“I had no idea where to go,” said Colleen Mackichan. “Please try this clinic, it was great.”

Officials say the initiative has gained national attention, and other parts of the country are closely monitoring its impact on the health care system.

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