Emergency Departments

St. Martha's Regional Hospital
902-867-4500 ext 4229
25 Bay Street
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2G5

Strait Richmond Hospital 
138 Hospital Road
Evanston, NS
Richmond Co.,
B0E 1J0

Eastern Memorial Hospital 
1746 Union Street
Canso, NS
P.O. Box 10
B0H 1H0

St. Mary's Memorial Hospital
91 Hospital Road
Sherbrooke, NS
P.O. Box 299 
B0J 3C0

Guysborough Memorial Hospital 
10560 Route #16
Guysborough Co., NS
P.O. Box 170 
B0H 1H0


Please do not forget to bring your Nova Scotia Health Card and a list of all the medications you are taking including any herbal remedies. It is important to have your health care and current medication list on hand in case hospital staff has to work quickly. Locating old patient files can take some time and if you have the information readily available you can receive immediate treatment and care.

What to expect

Whether you arrive by ambulance or on your own, a triage nurse or paramedic will ask you several questions and preform a few simple procedures to assess your condition. This will help them decide how urgently you need to be seen by a doctor. Patients are seen by a doctor in order of need. In other words, worst comes first. Emergency care is not provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. To make the process more efficient please have your Nova Scotia health card and list of current medications ready upon arriving at the hospital.

How long you wait can depend on:

  • How urgently you need care
  • How busy the emergency department is when you arrive
  • How urgently others in the emergency department need care, including those arriving by ambulance

Once you have been assessed it may be necessary for you to have further tests done (i.e. x-rays, lab tests) or be seen by a specialist.

It is not always easy to know if a medical problem needs emergency care at the hospital. In some situations emergency medical treatment is a must. Other conditions and services such as prescription renewals are best dealt with by your family doctor or at a medical clinic.

If you think it is an emergency or urgent do not hesitate, trust your own judgement and take your health card and list of current medications and go to the emergency room, or call 811 for medical advice from a registered nurse.

Watch this Video to Learn More about Emergency Departments in NS!

Watch this video to learn more about emergency care - emergency departments (EDs), paramedics, collaborative emergency centres!

Learn why the wait can be long in emergency departments, meet the people who provide emergency care, and find out more about 811 and 911.

Understanding how an emergency department works may help you decide if you need to go there. Emergency care is there for you when you need it!\