Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre 

November 25, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that emergency services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 28, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, December 5, at 8:00 a.m.

While emergency services are closed, primary health care (i.e. family practice clinic appointments) will still be available. To make an appointment for the family practice clinic (including evening virtual appointments), outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services, individuals may call 709-873-2330. Additional appointments have been added at the family practice clinic for the coming week to meet the increased demand.

Patients requiring emergency services during the closures should call 911 or proceed to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre or the Dr. S. Beckley Clinic in Grand Bank if they feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre “



Public Service Announcements

Eastern Health’s Paramedicine and Medical Transport Team’s Annual Pack the Back Toy, Food and Clothes Drive this Weekend

November 25, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health’s Paramedicine and Medical Transport team is asking the public to help pack the backs of ambulances with toys, food, and clothing to help families in need this Holiday Season. Gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to families throughout the region.

The 12th annual Pack the Back toys, food, and clothing drive begins this Saturday, November 26, 2022, with a second drive on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Donations will be collected at the following Walmart store locations: LEARN MORE “Eastern Health’s Paramedicine and Medical Transport Team’s Annual Pack the Back Toy, Food and Clothes Drive this Weekend”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne

November 25, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that the emergency services at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, December 5 at 8:00 a.m.

Family practice clinics, outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services continue to be available, by appointment, at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne.

Patients with a medical emergency who require an ambulance should call 911 and those who feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem should proceed to the nearest open emergency department in Carbonear, Placentia or St. John’s. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Changes to Services at Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre 

November 23, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public of a temporary change in services at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre effective:

Thursday, November 24 at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m. 

During this time, the emergency department will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, supported by a physician who will be available virtually. Patients are advised to proceed to the emergency department at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre where they will be assessed and transferred to another hospital, if necessary.

Eastern Health thanks the public for their understanding as we continue to remain focused on the safe delivery of care for the people of the Bonavista area.

For the most up-to-date information on temporary service closures in the region, please visit the Eastern Health website at: https://www.easternhealth.ca/prc/service-closures-and-updates/.

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News Releases

Eastern Health and Quality of Care NL Highlight the Importance of Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

November 21, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health and Quality of Care NL join organizations around the world this week to increase awareness and action to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18 to 24, 2022.

“Eastern Health is committed to increasing understanding of the risks associated with antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance in health care, and an important part of that is raising awareness about appropriate antibiotic use,” said Debbie Walsh, vice president for clinical services at Eastern Health. “Unnecessary use and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, such as antivirals and antifungals, is increasing the serious problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Canada and around the world.”

Antibiotics and other antimicrobials have saved millions of lives since their discovery; but are gradually becoming less effective as bacteria and other microbes develop drug resistance. To help address AMR, since 2014, Eastern Health has led an Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee tasked with advocacy, education, and fostering responsible drug utilization. LEARN MORE “Eastern Health and Quality of Care NL Highlight the Importance of Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre

November 18, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that emergency services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 21, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, November 28, at 8:00 a.m.

Although emergency services will be closed, primary health care (i.e. family practice clinic appointments) will still be available. To make an appointment for the family practice clinic (including evening virtual appointments), outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services, individuals may call 709-873-2330. Family practice clinic hours may expand to meet any increase in demand.

Patients requiring emergency services during the closures should call 911 or proceed to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre or the Dr. S. Beckley Clinic in Grand Bank if they feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne

November 16, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that the emergency services at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m.

Family practice clinics, outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services continue to be available, by appointment, at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Schedule for Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre

November 10, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that due to unanticipated human resource challenges at U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence, the previous schedule for emergency services is no longer in effect. The updated temporary schedule is as follows:

Date  Hours of Operation 
Sunday, November 13 CLOSED: starting at 8:00 a.m.
Monday, November 14 OPEN: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15 OPEN: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 CLOSED
Thursday, November 17 CLOSED
Friday, November 18 OPEN: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 OPEN: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 OPEN: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Some patients with primary care appointments will be contacted to have their appointments rescheduled.

Family practice clinics and outpatient laboratory services, such as blood collection and X-ray, are available by appointment at the U.S. Memorial Health Centre. Patients may book an appointment for these services by calling 709-873-2330.  LEARN MORE “Temporary Schedule for Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne

November 10, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that the emergency services at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, November 21 at 8:00 a.m.

Family practice clinics, outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services continue to be available, by appointment, at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne.

Patients with a medical emergency who require an ambulance should call 911 and those who feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem should proceed to the nearest open emergency department in Carbonear, Placentia or St. John’s. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne”



News Releases

Initiatives Aim to Increase Capacity for Orthopaedic Surgery in Newfoundland and Labrador

November 9, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Today, the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced two new initiatives to increase orthopaedic surgery capacity in Carbonear and St. Anthony. This builds on ongoing measures to help improve access to health care and reduce wait times for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Work is now underway to utilize operating room capacity at Carbonear General Hospital for inpatient joint replacement surgeries. Traditionally, orthopaedic services at this site were limited to same day surgeries only. To accommodate the addition of joint replacement surgeries, four beds will be opened to admit patients following their surgery. It is anticipated that approximately 160 joint replacement surgeries could be performed at this location annually. Recruitment and training of the required staff will begin in the near future, and the timeline to get surgeries up and running will depend on these factors. LEARN MORE “Initiatives Aim to Increase Capacity for Orthopaedic Surgery in Newfoundland and Labrador”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Schedule for Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre

November 4, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence has implemented a four-week temporary schedule for emergency services. This schedule allows U.S. Memorial Health Centre to maximize available human resources in order to continue to offer both emergency services and appointment-based physician clinics.

Effective November 7 to December 4, 2022:

Emergency services will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 8:00 a.m. for 24 hours (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following day);

Emergency services will remain OPEN on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:00 a.m. for 24 hours (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following day).

During emergency service closures, appointments for primary health-care visits will continue. Family practice clinics and outpatient laboratory services, such as blood collection and X-ray, are available by appointment at the U.S. Memorial Health Centre. Patients may book an appointment for these services by calling 709-873-2330.

Patients requiring emergency services during the closures should call 911 or proceed to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, or the Dr. S. Beckley Clinic in Grand Bank if they feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem. LEARN MORE “Temporary Schedule for Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne

November 4, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that the emergency services at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Monday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Family practice clinics, outpatient laboratory services and ambulatory treatment services continue to be available, by appointment, at the Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne.

Patients with a medical emergency who require an ambulance should call 911 and those who feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem should proceed to the nearest open emergency department in Carbonear, Placentia or St. John’s. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at Dr. William H. Newhook Community Health Centre in Whitbourne”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre

November 1, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that emergency services at the U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence will be temporarily closed due to current human resource challenges. The temporary closure will take place from:

Wednesday, November 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Patients requiring emergency services should call 911 or proceed to the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, or the Dr. S. Beckley Clinic in Grand Bank if they feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem. LEARN MORE “Temporary Closure of Emergency Services at U.S. Memorial Health Centre”



Public Service Announcements

Temporary Changes to Services at Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre

November 1, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public of a temporary change in services at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre effective:

Wednesday, November 2 at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. 

During this time, the emergency department will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, supported by a physician who will be available virtually. Patients are advised to proceed to the emergency department at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre where they will be assessed and transferred to another hospital, if necessary. LEARN MORE “Temporary Changes to Services at Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre”