Pictou County Health AuthorityPictou County Health Authority
Home » Public Health Services » Information Resources » FAQ
Contact UsLinksNews

Public Health Services


Information Resources

FAQ




Where can I get tested for HIV (ie the virus that can lead to AIDS)?
You can be tested by any family physician who can make the blood requisition either in your name (confidential testing) or instead with a code (non-nominal testing). However, the physician will know your name and you may have to go to your local hospital to have your blood sample taken. The only Anonymous HIV testing clinic currently in the province is in Halifax at Planned Parenthood – Metro Clinic. Here your name is never asked for and the blood is taken on the premises. Call 455-9656 for details.

Back to Top


Where can I get more information on HIV/AIDS?
Call the Nova Scotia AIDS Information Line at 1-800-566-2473 (this is run by the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia and operates between 10 am – 4 pm, Mon – Fri).

Or contact your local community AIDS service organization:

Halifax 425-4882
New Glasgow 752-6218
Sydney 567-1766
Truro 895-0931 (home phone)
First Nations Atlantic 1-800-565-4255
Injection Drug Users - Halifax 423-9991

Back to Top


What is the number for the Mobile Breast Screening Clinic?
1-800-565-0548

Back to Top


I want to open a restaurant, who do I call?
Department of Agriculture

Truro 893-6600
New Glasgow 755-7150

Back to Top


Our group wants to have a bake sale/barbecue/supper, etc, who do we call?
Department of Agriculture

Truro 893-6600
New Glasgow 755-7150

Back to Top


I have a complaint about a restaurant, who do I call?
Department of Agriculture

Truro 893-6600
New Glasgow 755-7150

Back to Top


I bought hot dogs that said all beef and my son had the same allergic reaction he has when he eats chicken, who do I call?
Health Canada – 426-5773

Back to Top


I want to get some information on Home Care, who do I call?
1-800-225-7225

Truro 893-6277
New Glasgow 928-3615
Amherst 661-2014

Back to Top


I am travelling abroad and want to find out if I need any shots, who do I call?
481-5900

Back to Top


I need my son/daughter’s record of immunization, who do I call?
Public Health Services

Truro 893-5820
New Glasgow 752-5151
Amherst 667-3319 or 1-800-767-3319
Shubenacadie 758-2050

Back to Top


Where can I get the flu shot?
Public Health Services

Truro 893-5820
New Glasgow 752-5151
Amherst 667-3319 or 1-800-767-3319
Shubenacadie 758-2050

Back to Top


Where can I get information on nutrition?
Public Health Services

Truro 893-5820
New Glasgow 752-5151
Amherst 667-3319 or 1-800-767-3319
Shubenacadie 758-2050

Back to Top


Where can I get information on prenatal classes?
Public Health Services

Truro 893-5820
New Glasgow 752-5151
Amherst 667-3319 or 1-800-767-3319
Shubenacadie 758-2050

Back to Top


I am doing a school project and would like a video/information, who do I call?
Public Health Services

Truro 893-5820
New Glasgow 752-5151
Amherst 667-3319 or 1-800-767-3319
Shubenacadie 758-2050

Back to Top


The corner store in my area is selling cigarettes to minors, who do I call?
424-6259 or 424-5187

Back to Top


Where I work, there is a problem with e.g. air quality, smoking, etc, who do I call?
Department of Labour 424-4328 or Occupational Health & Safety 1-800-952-2687

Back to Top


What is the regulation on children’s car seats?
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations develops and enforces regulations on children’s car seats. 424-5851 or 1-800-898-7668. The Nova Scotia Safety Council, (454-9621) gives excellent advice on car seats and Transport Canada has a comprehensive web site on the subject.

Back to Top


I would like to talk to someone about Hepatitis C virus, who do I call?
1-800-430-9557

Back to Top


What is the number for Hepatitis Society of Canada?
1-800-652-4372

Back to Top


My doctor tells me my blood cholesterol is high. Can you give me a diet to lower my cholesterol?
Our focus in Public Health is on promotion of healthy eating for the populations we serve. As such, we do not provide individual counseling. Diet counseling is the responsibility of the out patient dietitian, or in the case of diabetes, the Diabetes Education Centre at your local hospital. This service is available free of charge via referral from your doctor.

Back to Top


Where can I have my water tested?
In Colchester County water can be tested at the Colchester Regional Hospital (bacterial testing), Nova Scotia Agricultural College – Harlow Building (bacterial and mineral testing and Bioscan – 579 Prince Street (bacterial and mineral testing).

In Cumberland County water can be tested at Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.

In Pictou County water can be tested at Aberdeen Regional Hospital.

There is a fee for these tests. A sterile bottle must be picked up from the facility for the bacterial test. Check with the Department of Environment for additional information.

Back to Top



© 2005 PCHA Disclaimer