New mobile health clinic helps Nova Scotians access primary care – CBC

Pop-up clinics were set up in Halifax and Antigonish this weekend

Nov 13, 2022

More than 100,000 Nova Scotians don’t have a family doctor, and a new mobile health clinic is tasked with helping them, and others, access primary care.

Nova Scotia Health’s mobile primary care clinic is a new venture meant to address the strain on a health-care system that is leaving emergency rooms in some parts of the province beyond capacity.

The pop-up clinics were set up in Halifax and Antigonish from Friday to Sunday, offering walk-in services like prescription refills and treatment for non-life threatening health concerns.

“We are having a lot of access issues across the province, especially to primary care,” said Tara Sampalli, a senior scientific director with Nova Scotia Health. “And this is not only because we have so many people waiting to have access to primary care providers, but it’s also because we have staffing shortages.”

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