Temporary Change of Service at Rufus Guinchard Health Centre

Apr 19, 2023

April 19, 2023: Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services (NLHS) is experiencing a temporary change of service at the Rufus Guinchard Health Centre. On-site emergency services for this site will be supported through a Virtual ER physician from:

Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

There will be a health-care provider available to support patient care on-site and assist with virtual care. Residents requiring emergency services in the area during this time are advised to call 911 or proceed to the nearest health centre

Virtual ER

In many respects, a Virtual ER operates the same as a traditional Emergency Room.

  • A patient requiring emergency health services would present to the health centre.
  • The patient will be seen and assessed by a registered nurse (RN) and/or nurse practitioner (NP).
  • The patient will be assessed by a physician virtually and managed with the support of the team on the ground.
  • As required, patients would be transported to Western Memorial Regional Hospital to further manage their needs.

This model of care has been implemented in many regions of the province and in Canada to provide safe care for patients in need.

Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services thanks the public for their understanding as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for residents.