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Temporary Closure of Emergency Services and Virtual ER at Fogo Island Health Centre

Service Closures & UpdatesPublic Service AnnouncementsCentral
Posted: September 7, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Health Services advises the public that emergency services at Fogo Island Health Centre on Fogo Island will be temporarily closed due to staffing shortages. Virtual emergency services or temporary closures will take place on:

 Friday, September 8

  • Virtual ER at 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10

  • OPEN at 8:00 a.m.

Monday, September 11

  • Temporary CLOSURE at 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 12

  • Virtual ER at 8:00 a.m.
  • Temporary CLOSURE at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13

  • OPEN at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 14

  • OPEN


In case of emergency: Patients with a medical emergency who require an ambulance should call 911. Those who feel they have a serious or urgent medical problem should proceed to James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre in Gander. If you are unsure if you should go to the emergency department, please call the 811 HealthLine.

When a Virtual ER is operating, residents can proceed to the ER at Fogo Island Health Centre as usual. There will be a health-care professional onsite, as well as a physician or nurse practitioner (NP) by video. For more on Virtual ERs, please visit our website.

Other Information: NL Health Services’ Health Hub is available to ALL residents of Central Newfoundland who have non-emergent medical issues, who do not have a family physician or whose family physician is not available. Health Hub clinics are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To reach the Health Hub, please call the Gander Medical Clinic at 709-381-0112 or 709-381-0338 or the Killick Clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor at 709-292-8404. Patients should expect an increase in wait times for both in person and virtual appointments at Health Hub sites.

For more information on Health Hubs, please visit our website.

811 HealthLine is available 24/7 to provide:

  • medical advice (including virtual nurse practitioner appointments which can usually be accommodated within three days);
  • health information; and
  • support in a mental health crisis.

For more information, please visit:

For the most up-to-date information on temporary service closures in the central zone, please visit:

NL Health Services thanks the public for their understanding as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for people of the Fogo and Change Islands areas.


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