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Getting Primary Care at a Pharmacy

Pharmacy Clinics help Nova Scotians get the care they need, faster. 

31 clinics across the province provide an easy and accessible way for Nova Scotians to address their medical needs.

There are 25 Community Pharmacy Primary Care Clinics across the province. They have dedicated pharmacists who see patients for minor ailments and common illnesses, and those who require long-term medication and treatment. Pharmacists at these clinics can also assess and prescribe treatment options for 31 minor ailments. 

The complete list of services and information on booking appointments for the Community Pharmacy Primary Care Clinics are available at Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia

There are six Pharmacist Walk-in Clinics+ at Lawtons Drug Stores in New Glasgow, Truro, Lower Sackville, New Minas, Bridgewater and Bedford. These clinic combine the expertise of pharmacists and nurse practitioners in a walk-in clinical setting, healthcare professionals are able to practise to their full scope, addressing non-emergency health concerns and offering some testing services.

Pharmacy clinics are part of the province’s Action for Health plan, to improve access to primary care, and help reduce strain on doctors and emergency departments. Nova Scotians do not require a family doctor to see a pharmacist at these clinics. .

Services are free with a valid Nova Scotia health card at these 31 clinics. Other pharmacies may offer similar services at a cost. You should speak with your pharmacist to learn if there will be a fee for the service you need. 

Information on booking at the Pharmacist Walk-in Clinics+ is available here


Minister Michelle Thompson

We need to change how we deliver healthcare to help Nova Scotians get the care they need faster. Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals. We’re building and testing a system where they can use all their training and skills to give people the care they need, in a place that’s often the closest place to home – their pharmacy. In doing this, we will help people stay well, and free up emergency departments for emergencies.

Michelle Thompson, Minister of Health and Wellness

Colleen MacInnis

For me, the proof of this model is in the daily interactions I have with patients who otherwise would be in emergency rooms, or worse, not attending to their health needs at all. I am full of pride and inspiration watching our team and our colleagues at other sites providing this necessary care in our communities.

Colleen MacInnis, pharmacist, TLC Pharmasave, Shelburne