As the healthcare crisis continues here in Bedford South and across the province, access to healthcare is becoming increasingly difficult as the province attempts to deal with doctor shortages, long waiting lists, and myriad other systemic issues.
As new services and solutions come online to hold us over while we await long-term solutions, I work hard to share information about these services and programs. The most recent program that has been shared is the YourHealthNS app.
The app is available for download from your preferred app store and can also be accessed on the web at www.YourHealthNS.ca.
This platform consolidates information from various facets of the healthcare system, making it user-friendly for individuals and families.
Key features include a search tool for locating nearby health services, access to vaccination records, the ability to schedule appointments for blood tests, x-rays, flu shots, and COVID-19 vaccinations, among other functionalities.
Additionally, the app offers real-time chat support with a care navigator, aiding users in finding the most relevant services or information for their needs to ensure they receive the necessary care.
Virtual care options have been expanded to accommodate all residents of Nova Scotia. Those without a primary care provider registered on the Need a Family Practice Registry can access virtual care services, which include comprehensive care, diagnostic test orders, and referrals to specialists. This service is available 24/7, 365 days a year, for general consultations and prescription refills.
For individuals with an existing family doctor or nurse practitioner, two free virtual care visits per year are now available, covering general consultations and prescription refills.