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Emergency Department

Eastern Health operates 13 emergency departments throughout the region. These sites are open 24 hours a day to provide emergency care to people suffering from serious medical problems and are unable to wait to be seen by their family physician.  
Our Provincial Responsibilities
Sometimes emergency departments across the province may not be equipped with the resources and specialists to provide the appropriate level of care for a patient. For this reason, Eastern Health’s Health Sciences Centre and Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre function as a tertiary trauma and emergency care centre for the province.
Have an Emergency?

If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to your nearest emergency department or call your local ambulance provider
If you are looking for health information or unsure if you or a loved one require emergent medical assistance, you can call the Newfoundland and Labrador HealthLine (1-888-709-2929) and speak to a registered nurse for advice at any time of the day.
Conditions that may require emergency care include:
  • Pain in your chest, arm, or jaw
  • Breathing problems
  • Weakness or dizziness that does not get better
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden confusion
  • Unusual severe headache
  • Frequent vomiting and diarrhea and/or severe belly pain
  • Injury to your head (especially if you lost consciousness, fainted, or became confused)
  • Injury to your neck or spine (especially with loss of feeling or motion in a part of your body) Do not move a person with this problem unless it is a life and death situation, eg, fire, drowning.
  • Large cut or wound (with or without severe bleeding)
  • Injury to a joint or limb with loss of use, swelling, and severe pain
  • Serious burns or breathing  of smoke or other poisonous fumes
  • Severe allergic reactions from insect bites, food or medications
  • High fever that cannot be controlled or any fever if you are receiving cancer medications
  • Sudden high fever with neck stiffness and headache
  • Poisoning or drug/alcohol overdose
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual Assault


Updated Oct 26, 2018