Central Health operations update

Updated: Jul 27

July 26, 2022


As a result of current road closures in the Central region, Central Health advises that ER services will remain temporarily closed and Virtual ER services will be offered at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Centre in Harbour Breton until Wednesday, July 27 at 8:00am.

Central Health would ask that only those requiring emergency services present at this time. Air ambulance services will be available to those in need of medical transport.

Patients with in-person appointments impacted by the road closure will be contacted by Central Health to reschedule appointments. Patients are encouraged to call the booking office number on their appointment letter if there are questions about this.

Residents are to remain vigilant and follow any directions provided by the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture at https://twitter.com/FFA_GovNL

Road closures updates will be provided by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure at https://twitter.com/ti_govnl

Air advisory

Central Health encourages the public to protect their health when experiencing wildfire smoke and extreme heat together. Recommendations for protecting your health are:

  1. Keep windows and doors closed and stay cool – seal them properly with weather stripping if necessary.

  2. Find clean cool air.

  3. Limit outdoor and strenuous activity – pay attention to air quality and weather forecasts and reschedule outdoor activities for a time when conditions are better.

  4. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.

  5. Care for others – watch out for those who are vulnerable to wildfire smoke and heat (i.e. seniors, pregnant people, infants and young children, people who work outdoors, people with an existing illness or chronic health conditions).

Some people including pregnant women, young children, seniors, people with underlying medical conditions, and people who physically exert themselves outside for work or sports, are at higher risk and need to be more careful.

For more information on Wildfire Smoke and to learn the symptoms of combined wildfire and heat exposure visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/combine-wildfire-smoke-heat.html#people

Updates will be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

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