Central Health operations update

August 5, 2022

Due to ongoing road closures in the Central region, Central Health would like to remind residents of the Connaigre Peninsula that Emergency Services remain in place at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Centre, in Harbour Breton.

Central Health has two physicians located at the Connaigre Peninsula Health Centre providing around the clock emergency coverage until August 10, 2022. General healthcare services remain in place at the Bay d’Espoir Medical Clinic, in St. Alban’s, Monday to Friday, however, those requiring Emergency Services in this region are asked to present to CPHC in Harbour Breton.

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

As of Friday, August 5, 2022, the Government of Canada has listed Central Newfoundland’s Air Quality Health Index as High Risk.

For more detailed guidance on health measures to take for those who are higher risk and also the general population, please click on “Show Health Message,” which can be found in the Air Quality Health Index link above.

Central Health encourages the public to protect their health when experiencing wildfire smoke and extreme heat together. As the fire and smoky conditions continue, residents are encouraged to contact 811or to see a health care provider if they experience any new or concerning symptoms that they feel could be related to the heat or smoke. In particular, we advise this for people with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung problems, as well as small children, seniors, and people who have been exerting themselves outside for work or sports.

Other 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 people, 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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