Emergency Health Services (EHS) is a division of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. It is responsible for the continual delivery, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pre-hospital emergency health services in the province.
Pre-hospital emergency care and out of hospital primary and urgent care is provided through the EHS ground ambulance service and the EHS LifeFlight service.
Educational resources and programs designed to keep paramedics, nurses, physicians and other healthcare practitioners current and knowledgeable are widely available.
The EHS system in Nova Scotia has become an internationally recognized leader in the provision of pre-hospital care.
Heart attack patients who call 911 will receive faster treatment through new training by paramedics. As part of government's Better Care Sooner health plan, the provincial pre-hospital STEMI Reperfusion Strategy (RESTORE) expanded province wide. Read more...
Extended Care Paramedic Project
The Extended Care Paramedic program offers seniors in some nursing homes much of the same care they would receive in an emergency department, delivered by paramedics at their bedside. This improves the level of comfort for the patient, and reduces the need for non-emergency hospital transports. Read more...
The Emergency Health Services (EHS) system is a series of partnerships between government and service providers that is a critical component of the Nova Scotia health and wellness system. Its key mandate is to ensure the delivery of collaborative health care to communities through the EHS system, including medical communications, medical first response, ground and air ambulance and other innovative programs. EHS is at the forefront of providing innovative health care to Nova Scotians.
Optimal and targeted systems of care for emergency and community-based health care services for the province of Nova Scotia
EHS will assure the best possible care to the communities we serve through collaboration, regulation, operations, evaluation and research.
EHS provides evidence-based, high-quality, safe patient care.
EHS promotes excellence in the provision of innovative programs and services in an integrated and sustainable health system.
EHS collaborates with local, provincial, national and international stakeholders to identify and implement novel solutions to health system priorities.