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Closure schedules announced for Digby and Shelburne hospitals due to lack of physician availability

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SOUTHWESTERN, N.S. – The Nova Scotia Health Authority has announced emergency department closures at the hospitals in Digby and Shelburne due to a lack of physician availability.

The emergency department at Digby General Hospital will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m., and will reopen on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 a.m.

The emergency department at Roseway Hospital will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 6 a.m. until Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 a.m. It will then close again on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. and will reopen Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m.

The health authority says anyone with urgent medical needs should call 911, particularly if experiencing unusual symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, abdominal pain, persistent headache or dizziness, or an injury requiring stitches or involving a broken bone. For non-urgent care, people are advised to call their family doctor or visit a walk-in clinic.

For general health advice and information call 811, which is a service offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week by experienced registered nurses.

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

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