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Making an impact on your health, today.

We’ve been making changes that are improving our health care system and the wellbeing of you and your loved ones. Have a look at the ways we’re making health care better for you. And, we’re just getting started. Check back often for updates!

PRIMARY CARE

We are making an impact on health care for your family.

ACUTE CARE

We are reducing backlogs and improving wait times.

WELL-BEING

We are making life-changing investments.
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Connecting you with the care you deserve.

The positive impact on our health care is real. We are committed to building a system that works for everyone, every day.

The 2022 Health Accord NL laid out the path for change, and those changes are well underway.

We are taking steps every day to improve the health of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Track our progress as we introduce new initiatives and make announcements that impact you:

Recruitment and retention

Health care professionals are the key to providing world-class care. We are dedicated to attracting and keeping those professionals through meaningful, competitive incentives and practice supports where they are needed most across the health care system.

11 physicians* recruited and started since April 2024**
*Number does not include medical residents
**Last updated June 2024
There were 104 physicians recruited and started between April 2023 and March 2024.
There were 27 physicians recruited between
September 2022 and March 2023.

1,226 physicians practicing in Newfoundland and Labrador*
*Updated annually, last updated September 2023

523 new nurses hired since April 2023*
*Last updated February 2024
There were 545 new nurses hired between April 2022 and March 2023.

6,771 nurses registered to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador*
*Updated annually, last updated June 2023

Learn how we’re meeting the demand with recruitment action that works.

Family Care Team connections

Across the province, Family Care Teams are offering collaborative, interdisciplinary care that works. Our teams connect Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with access to primary care and a team of professionals who can support their individual health care needs.

55,455

residents connected to
Family Care Teams
*
*Last updated March2024

Discover how Family Care Teams keep you healthy.

Patient Connect NL

We know that access to a primary care provider is crucial to good health and peace of mind. Patient Connect NL allows Newfoundlanders and Labradorians without a primary care provider to register, so Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services will connect them with a provider when one becomes available in their area.

88,561

total registrations
for Patient Connect NL
*
*Last updated May 2024

47,374

people waiting to be connected
to a primary care provider
*
*Last updated May 2024

Looking for a primary care provider? Register for Patient Connect NL today.

Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis so it is not possible to estimate wait times. You will be contacted by Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services when a primary care provider becomes available in your area.

News and Announcements

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Launches User-Friendly Application to Increase Access to Health Care

July 2024

The transformation of health care in Newfoundland and Labrador has reached another milestone as the Provincial Government and Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services expand digital services with the launch of the MyHealthNL app.

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Memorial University Faculty of Medicine Expanding Seats for Newfoundland and Labrador Students

July 2024

Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine is expanding seats for Newfoundland and Labrador students as the undergraduate medical education program will increase to 85 seats from 80 seats in September 2024.

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Recruitment and Retention Incentives Available for Retired Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

July 2024

The Provincial Government has reinstated a recruitment and retention incentive for retired registered nurses and nurse practitioners seeking to return to work or who are already employed by Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services.

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Medicals for Senior Drivers Available Virtually

July 2024

The Department of Health and Community Services, in partnership with NL Health Services, is expanding the coverage for drivers’ medical examinations for eligible seniors to include exams performed through the Newfoundland and Labrador Virtual Care Program.

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Site of Former Grace Hospital to Become Downtown Health and Well-Being Centre

July 2024

The site of the former Grace Hospital will become the site of the new Downtown Health and Well-Being Centre. The new centre will provide urgent care and primary care, including a family care team, for residents in the downtown St. John’s area. It will also provide outreach services to the Downtown Health Care Collaborative.

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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Announces Program to Help Attract New Nurses to the Profession

July 2024

To complement ongoing recruitment activities, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is introducing a new tuition relief program for nursing students at select campuses.  For students entering nursing in September 2024, the new program will help attract interest in nursing programs and support students through tuition assistance as early as entry.

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Provincial Road Ambulance Services Transitions to Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services

July 2024

The Provincial Government has reached the next phase of its provincial ambulance integration as Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services begins operations of all ambulance services provincewide. The move is based on a key recommendation of Health Accord NL to modernize the province’s health care system.

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Provincial Government to Lower Age for Recommended Breast Cancer Screening

May 2024

The Provincial Government is lowering the age for recommended breast screening from 50 to include women between the ages of 40 and 49. The decision is based on new national guidelines published by the Canadian Cancer Society following a review of evidence and consultation with breast cancer experts and people with lived experience.