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For trusted, everyday health information and advice, call 811.
Did you know that…
- 811 can help you with advice on everything from bee stings, frost bite, to coughs, and flu
- On average, 325 patients receive care from an 811 nurse each day
- Top five most common reasons for calling 811:
- Abdominal pain / discomfort
- Chest pain / discomfort
- Children’s colds & coughs
- Adult colds & coughs
- Adult nausea & vomiting
- 811 provides services in over 125 different languages including Farsi, Cantonese, French, Chinese, and Arabic, to name a few.
Trusted Health Advice from a Registered Nurse
Concerned about your health? Wondering if you can care for yourself at home, or need to see a doctor? Call 8-1-1 to talk to a registered nurse around the clock, seven days a week. Our nurses can also provide information about services provided in your area, or general information about your health care concerns.
Unable to reach 8-1-1?
If you are unable to reach us by dialing 8-1-1 from your telephone or hand held device, please contact your telephone service provider. In some cases, local telephone service providers may not be able to support dialing 8-1-1. If this is the case, you may access the 811 service using the following 10-digit number: 866-770-7763 from a telephone registered in Nova Scotia only.
Internet Calling Service Providers
You cannot access 811 by dialing 8-1-1? Instead, please dial 1-866-770-7763. If you are unable to reach the 811 service by dialing 1-866-770-7763, please contact your telephone service provider.
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