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Central Health to reduce elective and non-urgent services and procedures around the region

Central Health is advising the public of a reduction of elective and non-urgent services and procedures at Central Health facilities across the region following the advisory from by Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Surgical Services

• Only urgent/emergent surgeries will take place.

• All other elective surgeries will be rebooked.

Laboratory Services

• Urgent/emergent Medical Imaging and Laboratory services will proceed. These include:

o Patients requiring INR

o Patients being administered immunotherapy including chemotherapy, biologics, methotrexate, etc.

o Cancer patients

Medical Imaging Services

• Computer Tomography (CT), Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Nuclear Medicine requisitions are being screened with only emergent/urgent patients being completed. This includes cancer patients on active treatment.

Other Services

• All cancer services will continue.

• In-centre dialysis will continue.

• Obstetric Services (and testing) will continue

• Doorways, mobile crisis response teams, and ACT teams will continue.

• All urgent/emergent appointments at outpatient clinics will continue.

• Central Health primary care clinics will continue. Where possible, virtual clinics may replace in-person appointments.

Appointments that are cancelled will be rebooked at a future date. Please remember that only urgent and emergent diagnostic and therapeutic services and procedures will continue.

You will be asked questions regarding travel history and presence of flu-like symptoms at facility entry points and health care appointments.

To provide the citizens of Central Newfoundland with the most up to date information regarding services and appointments, Central Health has added two new phone lines.

This service will be in place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For information on services and appointments please call 709.235.0389 or 709.486.6063.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) a COVID-19 self assessment test can be taken at

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, please

The latest Central Health updates can be found at, on Twitter @CentralHealthNL.

During a pandemic, we focus our planning and resources to prevent the spread of illness, care for those affected, and support employees and physicians in their professional and family roles.

Social distancing in waiting rooms and spacing of appointments is required. Please remember frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds and social distancing is important to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding.




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