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Virtual ER Rufus Guinchard Health Centre

Public Service AnnouncementsWestern
Posted: March 6, 2024

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Health Services is experiencing a temporary change of service at the Rufus Guinchard Health Centre in Port Saunders due to human resources challenges. On-site emergency services for this site are being supported through a Virtual ER physician on:

Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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 their nearest emergency department. 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 Rufus Guinchard Health Centre where there will be a health-care provider available to support patient care on-site and assist with virtual care. 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 the nearest hospital to further manage their needs.

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:  

NL Health Services thanks the public for their understanding as we continue to focus on providing safe and quality care for people of the Port Saunders area.


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