March 31, 2023 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public of temporary virtual emergency services at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre due to human resource challenges. During this time, the emergency department will be staffed by a nurse practitioner and a respiratory therapist, supported by a physician who will be available virtually. The temporary change will take place from:
Monday, April 3, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
Patients are advised to continue to proceed to the emergency department at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre where they will be assessed and transferred to another hospital, if necessary. Patients with a medical emergency who require an ambulance should call 911. If you are unsure whether you or a loved one should go to the Emergency Department or you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the NL HealthLine at 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours, seven days a week. The HealthLine also has a nurse practitioner (NP) virtual care service that can prevent unnecessary emergency room visits for non-emergent issues. Appointments with NPs over the phone or by video are available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., including weekends. Please note that appointments to see the 811 NP can usually be accommodated within three days.
Changes in service may also impact admissions to hospital. 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/.