News release

More Information, Better Access to Need a Family Practice Data

Nova Scotians will now be able to get more information more easily about access to primary healthcare.

Starting today, April 14, the Need a Family Practice Registry report will be part of an online dashboard, making it more accessible to Nova Scotians. With dashboard data updated monthly, a separate report in PDF format will no longer be published.

“Nova Scotians want and deserve to see the whole picture when it comes to accessing primary care options,” said Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson. “This new data will help Nova Scotians see there are many ways to get the care they need, when and where they need it.”

New data to be included on the dashboard includes:

  • total visits to VirtualCareNS
  • total visits to mobile primary care clinics
  • total visits to Nova Scotia Health’s primary care clinics
  • total visits to urgent treatment centres
  • total visits to urgent care centres.

Need a Family Practice Registry data moving to the dashboard includes:

  • number of registrants by zone, network and cluster
  • reasons for registration
  • number of new registrants
  • number of registrants who found a provider
  • number of registrants who have access to primary care clinics
  • number of people who have signed up for VirtualCareNS.

The data can be found on the daily dashboard under “Public Reporting” on the Action for Health website at: . More types of data will be added in the coming months.


There are now many more options that make it easier and more convenient to get the care you need. We have taken steps to improve access provincewide, to develop options that match the needs of communities and to provide additional supports for people on the Need a Family Practice Registry. Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Health

Quick Facts:

  • the registry was created in December 2016 to improve access to primary care providers
  • all Nova Scotians on the registry have been invited to access care through VirtualCareNS
  • as of April 1, 60,942 Nova Scotians have registered for VirtualCareNS
  • in March, there were 1,249 visits to mobile primary care clinics, 4,631 visits to urgent treatment centres, 7,021 visits to VirtualCareNS and 4,157 visits to primary care clinics

Additional Resources:

Action for Health, the government’s plan to improve healthcare: