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Temporary Closure of Emergency Services and Virtual ER at Fogo Island Health Centre

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

June 1, 2023: Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services is currently experiencing a temporary staffing shortage at Fogo Island Health Centre (FICH) on Fogo Island. See below for times when the ER will be open to regular services, open with Virtual ER and when it will be temporarily closed.

STATUS/TIME

Friday, June 2

TEMPORARY CLOSURE starting at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, June 3

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ending at 8:00 a.m.

OPEN starting at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, June 4 and Monday June 5

OPEN

Tuesday, June 6

TEMPORARY CLOSURE starting at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ending at 8:00 a.m.


OPEN starting at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 8

​​OPEN

When a Virtual ER is operating, residents can proceed to the ER at FIHC as usual. There will be a health-care professional onsite, as well as a physician by video. For more on Virtual ERs, please visit our website.

During the period of temporary closure, residents requiring emergency services are advised to call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room at James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre in Gander.

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services continues its efforts to recruit both physicians and health-care providers. We thank the public for their understanding as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for the residents of the central region.

Health Hub

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services’ 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 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 information on Health Hubs, please visit our website.

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.

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 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 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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As of April 1, 2023, all regional health authorities and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information are transitioning to Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services.


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