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A quick note to report that we now have video segments from the Community Meeting on November 18 available for your viewing pleasure. We were pleased to have a full house at King’s Theatre – a wonderful sign of the continued community support for a strong and vibrant Annapolis Community Health Centre!

There are several more segments, covering presentations by various related groups and by Dr. Barkwell and Dr. Buchholz. For those who couldn’t attend, or who wish to have a closer listen to the presentations, please visit (A DVD will soon be available for those who prefer that method.)




A reminder about a Community Meeting regarding the future of the Annapolis Community Health Centre, Thursday, November 18 at 7pm in King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal.

Hope to see you there – and please spread the word so we can fill the Theatre with a caring and involved community!

Click here for further information.

This just in from the Steering Committee…

The team that represented the FACHC Steering Committee met Monday to review the findings and outcome of the meeting with Janet Knox, Karen Smith, and Wendy Walters of AVH this past Saturday at the Hillsdale House. The purpose of the Saturday meeting was to understand, discuss, question and challenge AVDHA’s refusal to permit the full-service 24-7 ER from reopening.

It was the unanimous consensus of the Steering Committee team, “That the AVDHA made no apparent movement to 24/7 ER, and that the status quo of 24/5 would remain in effect until after the release of the Ross Report”.

Therefore, a Thursday, September 23, 7 pm meeting of the FACHC Working Group at the Granville Ferry Hall has been scheduled to formulate the content, approach, and implementation of a Community Meeting at King’s Theatre on October 14. The purpose of which is to seek the advisement of our community (ACHC catchment area), and the support of the 24/7 resolution by the FAHC.

Hope to see you at the next Working Group meeting:

Thursday, September 23, 7 pm
Granville Ferry Hall

An interesting read in the Halifax Herald Friday, as SouthWest Health CELEBRATES their ability to have no ER closures in September. Somehow, SouthWest Health sees this as a GOOD thing, a moment for celebration. And congratulations to them, because they have had issues with ER closures for quite some time.

And at the same time, we struggle locally to understand why OUR Annapolis Valley Health does not have the same goals, to have maximum possible ER accessibility for their constituents. Instead they seem more than content with having the Annapolis Royal ER closed two days a week for the foreseeable future unnecessarily. Why is that?

Herald Article: SouthWest Health buoyed by no ER closures

Once again, we have what seems like an outrageous decision at ACHC by the folks at Annapolis Valley Health. Get this – we are told by the Doctors and Nurses that as of Sept 21 we can RETURN TO 24/7 service – isn’t that great? BUT, and it’s a really big ‘but’… AVH has DENIED us that right! We have the staffing to resume 24/7 and they (AVH) have said “NO”. Our docs are NOT ALLOWED to provide us with emergency care, even though they are now able to do so!

You can read more by following this link…

Just a quick reminder about the Public meeting at Cornwallis Monday evening 6-8pm.

An agenda for the evening has been released – have a look!  Agenda ACHC

We hope it will be an open and  informative session.

See you there!

Annapolis Valley Health has announced a Community Meeting for the area served by the Annapolis Community Health Centre.

April 26, 6-8pm at the Desmond Piers Theatre in Cornwallis

The format for this meeting will be as a panel discussion, and Dr. Ross will be in attendance.

For more information, visit Annapolis Valley Health.

So MARK THE DATE on your calendar and show your support for ACHC on April 26!

The long awaited “Ross Report”, or at least an interim version, has been released. Dr. Ross has not yet completed his tour of the Province, but at least we now have something to chew on.

Check out the following:

Halifax Herald article “Doctor prescribes new ER strategies”

Halifax Herald article “Minister Welcomes Report, Opposition has Suspicions

Government website: Media Release & The Report

Several people from the community suggested that we provide some information about the “Friends of ACHC” group and how it relates to the various other organizations whose work supports the Health Centre. To that end, I have created a new page on this site that attempts to provide brief descriptions of the various players in local and provincial health care and how they interrelate…

Admittedly, it is a complex picture as there are many groups at various levels who have some role in the future of the ACHC. I’ve learned a lot assembling the information, and am truly hoping I haven’t missed anything, or mis-stated anything!

Check it out at Who’s Who.

People have been asking… who is “we”?

The “we” I refer to in most of my posts is an ad hoc group that has formed in the past month, after that memorable “Community Conversation” at AWEC. We call ourselves “Friends of the Annapolis Community Health Centre” or “Friends of ACHC” for short.

We are a group of citizens who care very much about the fate of ACHC, just as you do. We gather at Granville Hall every so often, and work between meetings on various tasks that we hope will lead us all to understand more about what is happening, and to help others understand how much we need to retain all the services at ACHC including a 24 hour ER.

One of the “Friends” has written a brief summary about our group – have a quick read. There is always room for more help, so please be sure to contact us if  you feel you can help, using the contact form below.



With all the rumours and controversy regarding the future of the Annapolis Community Health Centre, and its Emergency Room, this blog is a forum for community participation and sharing of information.

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