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Closures & Cancellations

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 all non-urgent services at the IWK will be suspended. Patients and families who were scheduled for elective surgeries or have clinic appointments will be contacted directly by the IWK to alert them of the cancellation and reschedule where possible. We ask for the public’s patience while this takes place.

For our pediatric and women’s population this means: 

  • All outpatient, ambulatory clinic appointments and community visits will be limited to urgent care visits only.
  • This includes mobile clinics in other parts of Nova Scotia and in New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland.
  • Regular pre-natal care at the IWK will continue on a modified schedule. Appointments will be confirmed by phone. For more details, click here.
  • All elective surgeries will be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date. Surgical procedures will be limited to urgent or emergent cases only.

For our mental health & addictions population this means:

  • Mental Health & Addictions has suspended all group base interventions and are limiting face-to-face contact.
  • The program will move primarily to a virtual platform to ensure continued services for patients and families.
  • All urgent care and emergent mental health and addiction services will continue. 

If your appointment is proceeding and you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and have recently travelled internationally, please contact your clinic or health care provider before coming:

  • Fever
  • Respiratory symptoms or flu-like symptoms (i.e. cough, runny nose, sore throat)
  • Pneumonia

We ask for your patience as we begin the process of contacting impacted patients and families. However, if your schedule appointment is soon and you are unsure if it is proceeding, please contact your clinic directly or call the IWK Switchboard at 470-8888 and they can connect you appropriately.