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Connecting you with the care you deserve

Your health – and the health of your loved ones – is everything. We are committed to building and maintaining a health care system that works for everyone, every day.

We are reimagining health care in our province. In 2022, Health Accord NL laid out the path for change.

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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

Health care action
that puts you first.

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.

101 physicians* recruited and started since April 2023**
*Number does not include medical residents
**Last updated 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.

53,345

residents connected to
Family Care Teams
*
*Last updated February 2024

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.

84,056

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

55,106

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

A medical provider guides a patient to a machine for a breast cancer screening

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.

A grey basket full of vegetables

Provincial Government Providing Funding to Improve Access to Nutritious Food

May 2024

The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, announced today approximately $220,000 in funding to Food First Newfoundland and Labrador to support improved access to nutritious foods for residents throughout the province.

Contracts Awarded for Urgent Care Centres for Northeast Avalon

April 2024

Today, the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, announced that two urgent care centres will open in the St. John’s metro region. The new urgent care centres will create more timely access to urgent care and reduce strain on emergency departments.

Health care professionals stacking hands together

Provincial Government and Association of Allied Health Professionals Sign Collective Agreement

April 2024

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is today announcing that a collective agreement has been signed with the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP). This collective agreement represents more than 750 vital health care professionals working in all areas of the health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Premier Furey, Teara Freake, and Mayor Goosney pose for a picture under an NL Health Services sign that reads Future Site of Deer Lake Regional Health Center

Site Announced for New Deer Lake Regional Health Centre

April 2024

A building will be constructed within the new development between the Trans-Canada Highway and Humber River in Deer Lake and become the Deer Lake Regional Health Centre and home to the family care team servicing the Humber Valley-White Bay area.

The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, the Honourable Mark Holland, and the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey sitting at a table. Ministers Hutchings and Holland smile for a photo while Premier Furey signs the document.

Provincial and Federal Governments Sign Bilateral Agreement to Improve Health Care Over Three Years

April 2024

Today, the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced a bilateral agreement to invest almost $256 million to improve health care access and services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Provincial Government Releases Personal Health Information Act Report

April 2024

The Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services, announced today that the second statutory review of the Personal Health Information Act is complete.

Health care professionals stacking hands together

Provincial Government Highlights Ratified Collective Agreement with Association of Allied Health Professionals

February 2024

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that the tentative collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP) has been ratified. The Association represents over 750 vital health care professionals working in all areas of the health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador.