In an emergency


Physical health emergencies

Before going to the hospital, assess if you situation is non-urgent, urgent, or emergency using the examples below. For non-urgent and urgent issues, make an appointment at Dalhousie's on-campus medical clinic in Halifax or Truro. For emergency issues, go to the hospital or call 911 (an ambulance will be dispatched to your home). 

Unsure? Call 811 - a Nova Scotia telecare service, available 24/7, that allows community members to talk to a registered nurse about their symptoms. 

Examples of non-urgent issues

  • Routine medical exams
  • Birth control counselling
  • STI and pregnancy testing
  • Vaccination
  • Specialist referrals

Examples of urgent issues

  • Infections that need immediate care
    (e.g. urinary tract infection)
  • Too sick to make a future appointment
  • Need the Morning-After Pill
  • Recent injuries (e.g. cut, sprain, fall) 
  • Immediate mental health issues

Examples of emergency issues

  • Severe and/or life threatening injuries (such as uncontrolled bleeding)
  • Severe asthma attack or severe trouble breathing
  • Severe burns or burns over large body area
  • Severe stomach pain lasting more than a few hours (especially in the right lower stomach or accompanied by fever)
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Signs of stroke (slurred speech, weakness in one side of the body, drooping on one side of face, etc.)
  • Signs of heart attack (chest pain – may radiate to arm or chin, nausea, shortness of breath, etc.)
  • Ingested something poisonous or took an overdose of pills or drugs

Mental health emergencies

Is someone...

Making direct or indirect reference to wanting to die/suicide?
Making threats or engaging is disruptive behaviour?

If you answered 'yes' to EITHER of the above, call one of the numbers below. 


Dal Security


Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team


Off-Campus Emergency



Emergency Services


Colchester East Hants Health Centre

Triage: 902-893-5554 ext. 42178

Truro Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

1-888-429-8167 (after hours)

Security Services



Emergency Services



902-494-4109 (daytime)
902-225-4119 (nighttime)

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team