The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital collaborative emergency centre. Raissa Tetanish photo

The emergency department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre will be closed for 12 hours on Aug. 18.

The closure, which runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., is due to lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care.

The overnight coverage (8 p.m.-8 a.m.) provided by the paramedic, registered nurse and oversight physician team will be available as usual.

Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.

Anyone who is unclear about the availability of services may also contact the hospital at 902-657-2382.