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Operational Update for Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Central Health would like to advise that due to the ongoing forest fires in Central Newfoundland, services at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor will be impacted.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services remain open at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (CNRHC) in Grand Falls-Windsor at this time, however, anyone requiring admission will be transferred to another facility based on the care need. Central Health would also ask that only those requiring emergency services present at this time.

Elective and non-urgent services

All elective and non-urgent procedures have been cancelled at Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre and James Paton Memorial Regional Heath Centre. Anyone with an appointment will be contacted to reschedule their appointment.

Laboratory Services

All outpatient blood collection has been cancelled. Laboratory Services Staff will reach out to those who have booked appointments. Walk-in services will not be offered during this time.

Medical Imaging Services

Patients will be contacted by a member of the Medical Imaging Department to confirm whether your appointment will go ahead as scheduled, the time of the appointment or whether there is a need to postpone at this time.

Cardiopulmonary and Rehabilitative Services

All out-patient Cardiopulmonary services have been cancelled at this time. Patients with appointments have been contacted by staff and will be rescheduled when it is safe to do so

All booked appointments are being screened and booked patients will be contacted regarding their appointment.

Other Services

• All cancer services and in-centre dialysis will go ahead.

Obstetric Services

Effective tomorrow (Monday, August 8, 2022) all OBS services will be diverted to James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre (JPMRHC) in Gander. This diversion will begin at 12:00 pm (noon) Monday, August 8, 2022. If you are in labour or labour is imminent, please proceed to JPMRHC.


Doorways services are still available, primarily through virtual/telephone appointments. Please call 489-8841 to speak with a staff member regarding services.

Mobile Crisis Response Teams, FACT (Flexible Assertive Community Treatment) and ODT (Opioid Dependency Treatment) teams will continue to operate.

Community Mental Health and Addictions Services – Queensway Community Health Building

Individuals with booked appointments will be contacted by a staff member from Mental Health and Addictions Services to confirm whether your appointment will go ahead as scheduled, the time of the appointment or whether there is a need to postpone.

For up to date programs and services for Mental Health and Addictions, please use this website:

The transfer of services to James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre will remain in place for the duration of the State of Emergency that has been issued for Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop’s Falls, Botwood and the Connagire Peninsula.

Residents requiring emergency services during this time are advised to call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Central Health understands that these are not ideal conditions but assures the public that these temporary measures are being taken as precaution to protect those who are most vulnerable. Central Health apologizes for this interruption of service and thanks the public for their understanding and patience as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for the residents of the central region. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Central Health’s Client Navigator for assistance at 1-844-651-6214 or

The latest Central Health updates can be found at and on Twitter or Facebook @CentralHealthNL.

Health Hub

Central Health's Health Hub is available to ALL residents of Central Newfoundland who have non-emergent medical issues, who do not have a family physician or whose family physician is not available. Health Hub clinics are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. To reach the Health Hub, please call the Gander Medical Clinic at 709-381-0112 or 709-381-0338 or the Killick Clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor at 709-292-8404. Patients should expect an increase in wait times for both in person and virtual appointments at Health Hub Sites. For more on Health Hubs click here.

811 HealthLine

Residents are also reminded of the 811 HealthLine which they can avail of anytime. 811 Healthline is a confidential and free telephone line staffed by experienced Registered Nurses. 811 is available to all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, of any age. Call 811 at any time, day or night, to speak to a Registered Nurse. They are always there for you.

The HealthLine has a nurse practitioner (NP) virtual care service. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with additional education and experience who can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, if required, to treat a variety of common health care conditions at every stage of life. This service can prevent unnecessary emergency room visits for non-emergent issues. Appointments with NPs over the phone or by video are available everyday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, including weekends. PLEASE NOTE THAT, DEPENDING ON APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY, IT COULD TAKE UP TO 3 DAYS TO SEE THE 811 NP.



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