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General Health Information

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HealthLink 811 is a Telecare service that provides all Nova Scotians with access to a Registered Nurse who can provide health advice and health information. This service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, by dialing 811 from any phone registered in the province.


An interactive health magazine for young people.


The IWK has partnered with Capital Health to create safe access to health care for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities through prideHealth. Visit this website for more information on finding GLBTI positive health care providers in the community.

PFLAG toll-free gender question line

Capital Health and the IWK’s prideHealth program is committed to achieving safe access to health care for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. 

In addition to our own work, we depend on the expertise of other organizations like PFLAG. PFLAG Canada is a registered charitable organization that provides support, education and resources to parents, families and individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity. 

PFLAG Canada recently launched a toll-free gender question line. If you or anyone you know has questions about transgender issues, call 1-888-822-9494.

Répertoire des professionnels de la santé en soins primaires / Directory of French Speaking Primary Health Care Providers

Le répertoire propose une liste de professionnels de la santé qui parlent français et qui acceptent d'offrir des services de soins de santé primaires en français. Les soins de santé primaires se définissent comme le premier point de contact des gens avec le système de soins de santé et le premier élément du processus des soins continus.

The directory offers a list of French speaking health professionals who are willing to offer primary health care services in French. Primary health care is defined as the first point of contact for individuals with the health care system and the first element of the continuing care process.

Health Information Database  

Thomson Healthcare MICROMEDEX is a health information service, providing information on health topics, treatments, symptoms, medications and support groups. Please note: The Thomson Healthcare MICROMEDEX service is not owned, operated or maintained by the IWK.


To complement its MegaSearch program for Nova Scotia's grade five students, the Dalhousie Medical School has developed a new Web site. Through stories, activities, and other resources, young people can learn about medical research taking place in their own backyards.

Visit the MegaSearch website: http://megasearch.medicine.dal.ca/

Pandemic Resources

Attached is information about preparing for Pandemic Influenza.

Preparing for the Unexpected (PDF 1.56 MB) - prepared by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

Pandemic Emergency Resource (PDF 124 KB) - prepared by IWK Health Centre and Capital Health