If you have a medical concern and you’re not sure where to go, call Tele-Care and a nurse will help you decide whether to go to a hospital emergency room or to a walk-in clinic. Call Tele-Care toll free: 811
Finding a Family Doctor
As with many places in Canada, New Brunswick is currently experiencing a shortage of family doctors. Because of this, it can be quite difficult, if not impossible, to find a doctor willing to take on more patients. Ask family and friends if their doctor is willing to take you on, or call 1-866-554-5959 and have your name added to the waiting list. You may also leave your name and contact information on the Horizon Health registry. The registry was created to establish a database of individuals in this region who need a family physician. Your information will be offered to a family doctor in your area when one becomes available. Hospitals: There is only one hospital in Fredericton. There is also a hospital in a neighboring town called Oromocto. You go to hospital ONLY if you have an EMERGENCY, or if a doctor has ordered a test for you that must be done at the hospital. Wait times for the emergency room in Oromocto would be less than in Fredericton.
- Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital - (506) 452-5400, 700 Priestman St., Fredericton Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.
- Oromocto Public Hospital - (506) 357-4700, 103 Winnebago, Oromocto Emergency Department is open from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Gibson Medical Clinic in Marysville, Fredericton North - this building houses a PharmaSave and a medical clinic. Currently, they are not accepting new patients. However, if you are pregnant, they may consider taking you on as a new patient. The Gibson Medical Clinic Address: 235 Canada St (Pharmasave In Marysville) 447-4444 (Call to make an appointment) Clinic hours Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat & Sun 12 p.m. -.5 p.m. Closed Stat Holidays
After Hours Walk-in Clinics
If you can’t get in to see your family doctor, or if you don’t have a family doctor, you can access a doctor by going to one of the following clinics.You will be seen on a first come - first served basis. Arrive early to avoid being placed too far down the list and expect a long wait before you are seen.
- • Brookside Mall Walk-in Clinic - Fredericton North Located in the Medical office building in the north east end of the Brookside Mall parking lot near the Sobey’s store.
- • Fredericton Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic -Fredericton South Located inside the Medical building at 1015 Regent St. in Fredericton.
- • New Maryland Highway Medical Bldg Walk-in Clinic -Fredericton South Located on the New Maryland Highway. Please note this clinic is only open Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- • Dr. Dianne Stackhouse Clinic ***BY APPOINTMENT ONLY***-440 Highland Ave. (Off St. Mary’s St. )Tuesday 1-8 p.m. Call after 12 noon Lo make appointment; 452-2760 or 452-2750
- • Student Health Centre, UNB - 453-4837(for full-time students only),Monday - Thursday Friday 8 a. m. - 5 p. m. 8 a m. - 4 p m.
UNB Community Health Clinic is located at 670 King Street. The clinic is run by UNB nursing faculty and is mandated to provide services to the homeless, drug addicted and others living in poverty. For women who do not have a family doctor, the CHC provides women's health care services. You can contact them at 452-6383 to make an appointment
If you need dental services after hours or on the weekend you can call 451-4787 to find out who is the dentist on call at that time
General walk-in clinics
- Dr. B Tingley, After Hours Clinic Brookside Mall- (Open Mon-Fri 8:30am - 1:30pm) Northside (beside Lawton Drug Store)
If you are planning to move to Canada, it is best to purchase private health insurance prior to your arrival. This ensures you will be covered for any healthcare emergency that may arise soon after your arrival. After becoming permanent resident in New Brunswick you will be eligible for Medicare coverage. A “resident” means a person lawfully entitled to be or to remain in Canada, who makes his home and is ordinarily present in New Brunswick, but does not include a tourist, transient or visitor to the Province. You may apply any time after arriving in the province. After applying, you will receive a letter stating the Medicare numbers of each family member, and the date you will become eligible to use the numbers. The cards will arrive in the mail at a later date. An application for Medicare coverage is available from the offices of Service New Brunswick (SNB). A separate form should be completed for any dependent who has reached a nineteenth birthday.
What about medical care coverage for refugees?
Essential medical care for refugee claimants, or Permanent Residents who came through a refugee sponsorship program, can be paid for by the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program administered by FAS Benefit Administrators Ltd. (FAS) located in Edmonton, Alberta. All policy and final adjudication is solely the responsibility and at the discretion of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The program has been put in place for humanitarian reasons to allow refugee claimants, Convention refugees, humanitarian classes and others under immigration control to receive essential health care. It is not meant to replace provincial health plans and does not provide the same extent of coverage allowed to permanent residents. The IFH program covers essential health services for prevention or treatment of serious medical and dental conditions, as well as contraception, prenatal and obstetrical care. It does not cover all routine medical or dental services. Refugees resettled from overseas including those government-assisted or privately-sponsored are eligible for full benefits under the IFH program until coverage under their provincial health plan begins. Once provincial coverage has started, refugees are eligible for partial benefits under the IFH Program from 12 to 24 months from the time of arrival in Canada. To find out more about the IFH Program call FAS Customer service at 1-800-770-2998 or visit http://www.fasadmin.com
Fredericton Public Health Services provide information and Guidance on: Parenting, Breastfeeding, Infant Nutrition, Communicable Diseases, Preschool Screening, Travelers Immunization, Child Growth and Development, Pediatric Immunization, Prenatal Services, Postnatal Home Visiting, Sexual Health, School Health. For more information and to make an appointment please call 453-5200.