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    An open letter to Nova Scotia Parents: We support the Government’s plan for return to in school learning.

    January 6, 2022
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    IWK seeing increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Emergency Department

    December 13, 2021
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    Putting smiles on the faces of patients and families at IWK Health - Smilezone Foundation revitalizes several busy children’s clinics and family newborn lounge

    October 14, 2021
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    Child Safety Link launches new car seat videos for families in 9 languages

    September 21, 2021
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    Study finds flu vaccine during pregnancy does not adversely affect early childhood health

    June 22, 2021
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    Virtual Reality allows health care workers to experience patient’s perspective

    June 1, 2021
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    Statement from IWK Health on the Tragedy at the Kamloops Residential School

    May 31, 2021
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    Researchers compile mounting research on Covid variants

    May 26, 2021
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    New surgical approach corrects common hip disorder in adolescents

    May 6, 2021
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    Changes to visitor restrictions at IWK Health

    May 2, 2021
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    IWK Health to temporarily reduce elective surgeries

    April 30, 2021
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    National study looks at the effect pandemic-related restrictions on family presence has on PICU patients

    April 28, 2021
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    Statement from the Provincial Pediatric Advisory Committee about the importance of maintaining face-to-face in-classroom learning in Nova Scotia

    April 26, 2021
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    National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27, 2021

    March 22, 2021
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    IWK to open first multidisciplinary endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain clinic in the Atlantic Provinces

    March 16, 2021
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    First of its Kind Quality and Patient Safety Research Chair at IWK Health

    March 8, 2021
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    IWK Health lab using PET scanner for COVID-19 research

    February 1, 2021
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    Read to Me Encourages Parents to Request Book Bags

    January 26, 2021
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    IWK Health’s 41st Christmas Tree lit thanks to Christmas magic

    December 9, 2020
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    Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health launch swish and gargle video for kids who need COVID-19 testing

    December 1, 2020
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    Changes to visitor restrictions at IWK Health

    November 26, 2020
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    State-of-the-Art MRI Helping IWK Patients and Families

    November 9, 2020
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    Handheld ultrasound leads to safer, more accurate diagnosis in IWK ED

    November 6, 2020
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    Pediatric Chairs of Canada recognizes Dr. Jeannette Comeau with leadership award

    October 28, 2020
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    IWK looks to genome sequencing to provide faster, more accurate results

    October 27, 2020
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    IWK Health rolling out online booking service

    October 6, 2020
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    September 20-26, 2020 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 22, 2020
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    Changes related to visitation restrictions

    September 15, 2020
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    IWK research asks Maritime moms about effects of COVID restrictions on their postpartum experience

    September 10, 2020
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    Road to Resilience: Skills and Strategies to Prepare for the Upcoming School Year

    September 2, 2020
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    IWK Research Study recruiting first time moms to receive text messages after birth

    August 6, 2020
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    Nova Scotia Health, IWK to require patients and visitors to wear masks in health care facilities

    July 17, 2020
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    IWK eases additional restrictions on support persons

    June 17, 2020
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    IWK/NSHA resumes normal parking operations and fees on Monday, June 1

    May 27, 2020
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    IWK eases some restrictions on support persons

    May 22, 2020
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    IWK urges Nova Scotians to continue to seek health care

    May 4, 2020
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    New Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition responds to global pandemic with $1.5 million collective investment

    April 17, 2020
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    IWK Health Centre to Issue a “No Visitors” Policy - effective March 18

    March 18, 2020
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    IWK Health Centre to suspend all non-urgent services - effective March 18th

    March 17, 2020
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    IWK to limit visitors

    March 12, 2020
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    Innovative Work Leads to Better Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children, Youth and Families

    February 13, 2020
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    Edible Cannabis– IWK experts share concerns

    October 15, 2019
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    September 15-21, 2019 is Child Passenger Safety Week in Atlantic Canada

    September 16, 2019
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    IWK Research awards scholarships to budding health researchers

    August 28, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    April 12, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    February 26, 2019
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    IWK Health Centre Warns Parents of Knock-off Car Seats Available Online

    February 19, 2019
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    Statement from the IWK Regarding the Office of the Auditor General’s Performance Audit (Chapter 2)

    December 11, 2018
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    IWK Health Centre welcomes new president & CEO

    October 9, 2018
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    Rebagliati’s cannabis claims unfounded, misleading and harmful say health experts at IWK

    July 3, 2018
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    Classified rallies Nova Scotian artists in support of The SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

    June 13, 2018
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24, 2018

    March 19, 2018
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    Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist a first for Nova Scotia

    February 7, 2018
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    IWK seeing increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Emergency Department

    January 26, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers.

    January 25, 2018
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    Long awaited study answers questions surrounding cow’s milk and the development of type 1 diabetes

    January 16, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers

    January 3, 2018
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    Newest IWK employee, first accredited facility dog in Atlantic Canada

    December 12, 2017
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    Television content created by IWK patients tops 100,000 views on YouTube

    December 12, 2017
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    IWK doctors join national project to give young people across the country a fighting chance against high risk cancers

    November 23, 2017
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2017
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    November 13 to 19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week – what you should know.

    November 14, 2017
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    Sepsis PedsPacs introduced in the IWK Emergency Department

    November 7, 2017
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    Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable

    November 3, 2017
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    Insulin Pump Program

    October 26, 2017
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    Op-ed by Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors: We are overcome with concern over breach of trust

    September 28, 2017
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    IWK Board of Directors Releases Independent Review of CEO Expenses

    August 31, 2017
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    A Message from Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors

    August 23, 2017
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    Understanding Trauma: Free Fall workshops for caregivers and professionals

    August 21, 2017
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    IWK's Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo recognized as health innovation pioneer

    July 21, 2017
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    Maritimers pledge record-breaking $6.4 million during 33rd annual IWK Telethon for Children

    June 6, 2017
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    Patient voices to be heard for first time at Canadian Pain Society meeting

    May 23, 2017
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    IWK Researchers win Governor General’s Innovation Award

    May 8, 2017
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    Dr. Richard Goldbloom inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    May 4, 2017
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    IWK attracts brain research grants

    April 26, 2017
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    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in IWK Emergency Department first of its kind in province

    March 22, 2017
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017

    March 20, 2017
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    Investments in Innovative Neonatal Care Help Families Bond

    March 1, 2017
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    Weather Related Service Update

    February 16, 2017
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    Public Health investigating confirmed cases of measles in Halifax area

    February 15, 2017
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    3D printed heart model allows cardiac surgeons to rehearse complex procedures

    February 8, 2017
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    NSHA & IWK Look Forward to Moving Ahead with the Bargaining Process

    January 19, 2017
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    Cineplex Theatre to Open at the IWK Health Centre

    January 18, 2017
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshops for caregivers and professionals this Spring of 2017

    January 10, 2017
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    Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program celebrates 25th anniversary

    December 6, 2016
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    Online tool aims to improve surgical experience for children with ASD

    November 29, 2016
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    Tracy Kitch, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

    November 23, 2016
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2016
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    Study shows switch from mask to portable inhaler improves pediatric emergency department (PED) visits.

    November 8, 2016
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    Need a Family Practice?

    November 4, 2016
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    Online community connects youth at the IWK with others at health centres across Canada.

    October 17, 2016
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    Dal Grad students attract prestigious national research awards to support their continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.

    October 5, 2016
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    ‘Sex after baby’ studies focus on the couple rather than individual parents.

    October 3, 2016
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    September 18-24, 2016 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 19, 2016
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    Dr. Andrew Lynk appointed head/chief of the Department of Pediatrics

    September 13, 2016
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt celebrates first anniversary with special event at Twitter Canada

    September 12, 2016
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    Dr. Alexa Bagnell new Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre

    August 25, 2016
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    The Health of Maritime Women and Children is Everyone’s Business

    June 21, 2016
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    The IWK’s Dr. Pat McGrath receives National Legacy of Leadership Award

    June 10, 2016
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshop series offered for caregivers

    April 7, 2016
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    IWK’s BIOTIC imaging lab offers unique clinical mandate in Canada

    April 6, 2016
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    IWK researchers members of three out of five networks in $62.5 million pool

    April 1, 2016
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program expands to include screening for SCID

    March 22, 2016
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    Canadian Center for Vaccinology launches Maternal Immunization Study

    March 8, 2016
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    Imaging Adventure Program at IWK Health Centre first of its kind in Canada

    December 16, 2015
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    Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell appointed new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes

    December 16, 2015
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    Juno award-winning artist JRDN Visits IWK

    November 30, 2015
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    IWK Announces Wessex Scholarship

    November 30, 2015
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    Halifax hospitals score high in open-visiting policy study

    November 10, 2015
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Launch Marries Science and Media to Benefit Parents

    September 28, 2015
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    IWK Leaders Lend a Helping Hand in Habitat for Humanity Women Build

    September 22, 2015
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    Back to School: Pedestrian Safety

    September 8, 2015
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    Alex Tagliani brings Summer of TAG to the IWK

    August 17, 2015
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    Dr. Bruce Crooks cycles 7,000 Kilometres for Kids Cancer Ride

    August 10, 2015
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    Youth Advisory Council making changes at the IWK

    August 10, 2015
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    IWK Researchers awarded coveted CIHR New Investigator Awards

    July 6, 2015
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    MRI App developed at the IWK wins award at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California

    July 6, 2015
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    Join the IWK Research Registry

    May 11, 2015
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 17, 2014
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    Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at IWK to conduct Phase I Ebola Vaccine Trials

    November 14, 2014
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    It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Helping Children Prepare for Medical Procedures, Appointments, and Surgeries

    October 24, 2014
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    IWK Ebola Virus Disease Response Planning Underway

    October 16, 2014
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    Pain in Child Health Training Program announces the release of paper and video

    October 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Anxiety in Young Children: How to Help

    September 26, 2014
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    Prominent physician bringing “Three Big Ideas” about health care to new innovation speaker series

    September 25, 2014
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    IWK’s smallest patients receive big donation from construction association

    September 23, 2014
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    Come celebrate our 104th annual Kermesse Fun Fair for the IWK

    September 4, 2014
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    Psychology for You - Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    August 28, 2014
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    Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo named a Fellow of The Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship

    August 20, 2014
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    July 22 Labour and Delivery Class Cancelled

    July 22, 2014
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    2nd annual art show showcases artwork by Dartmouth youth

    June 10, 2014
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    Drowning rates decreasing in Atlantic Canada, though still second most common cause of injury death for children

    June 9, 2014
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    Coping with major tragic events

    June 5, 2014
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    Dr. Isabel Smith appointed Dalhousie’s Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research

    June 4, 2014
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    Maritimers donate $6.1 million to the 30th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    June 2, 2014
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    New Mental Health Unit Will Enhance Patient and Family Care at the IWK Health Centre

    May 2, 2014
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    Psychology For You - An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Youth with Developmental Disabilities for Medical Appointments

    April 25, 2014
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    Call for Art

    April 14, 2014
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    Planting the Seeds of Partnership: Hope Blooms and IWK Recreation Therapy

    April 7, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Food for Thought: Mealtime strategies for pre-schoolers

    February 27, 2014
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    Innovative research grants poised to transform health care in Atlantic Canada

    February 17, 2014
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    IWK Health Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with a special lecture

    February 12, 2014
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey 2014

    February 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You: Eating Disorders & Pathways to Recovery

    January 30, 2014
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    Three IWK psychiatrists receive awards at 2013 CACAP conference

    December 16, 2013
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    Six-year-old Samuel Khan named 2013 IWK Tree Lighter

    December 3, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 19, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 18, 2013
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    Tightly Knit: IWK Health Centre hosts its 2013 AGM and releases latest report to the community

    October 16, 2013
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    IWK Health Centre Celebrates its 2013 Annual General Meeting

    October 11, 2013
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    Leading international pain experts to visit Nova Scotia for three-day conference

    October 1, 2013
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair on October 5

    September 30, 2013
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    IWK researchers awarded highest honour from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    September 30, 2013
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    Psychology For You: Promoting a Good Night's Sleep - Monday October 7, 2013

    September 26, 2013
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    September 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 17, 2013
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    Save the date for the IWK Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    September 11, 2013
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    Nova Scotia improving Dental Care for Children

    August 19, 2013
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    Well known philanthropist makes surprise $1 million donation at IWK 250

    July 22, 2013
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    Capital Health and IWK Health Centre Celebrate Pride Week 2013

    July 22, 2013
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    Awards of the Board of Directors

    July 18, 2013
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    Public Service Announcement - Regular Power Restored at IWK

    July 16, 2013
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    Pediatric Epilepsy Camp Comes to Atlantic Canada

    July 8, 2013
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    Coping with major tragic events

    April 16, 2013
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    The Arthritis Society to Announce New Programs to Support Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    April 2, 2013
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    Psychology for You - Bedwetting 101: Helping Your School-Aged Child or Adolescent Learn to Stay Dry through the Night

    April 1, 2013
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    Cautions Regarding New Household Poisoning Risks to Children

    March 18, 2013
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    March 6, 2013
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    The IWK Health Centre Foundation invites applications for the Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship

    March 6, 2013
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    Looking for a fun and educational activity this March break? Participate in an IWK research study!

    March 6, 2013

An open letter to Nova Scotia Parents: We support the Government’s plan for return to in school learning.

January 6, 2022


From: The Nova Scotia Pediatric Advisory Group

We recognize:

1) School is the best place for children and teens to learn and receive needed education and social supports. The risks to children and youth from not providing in-class learning outweigh the current risks related to Covid. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have caught infections mainly in the community and not from school contact. We recognize the Omicron virus may also spread in schools, but community and family gatherings are more likely to result in widespread infection.

2) For the vast majority of children and teenagers, COVID infections are mild, and long term symptoms are infrequent. Hospitalizations in Nova Scotia for children with COVID have been rare, and admitted patients have had mild symptoms. In contrast, significant numbers (100’s) of ill children are admitted to NS hospitals annually with influenza and RSV viral infections.

3) The best ways to protect your child and family include:

  • Making sure you and your family receive all recommended COVID vaccinations and the influenza vaccine. Vaccinations greatly lessen the risk of serious illness.
  • Making sure your family is masking where recommended and that your child wears a well fitted triple-layer cloth or medical mask to school.
  • Staying home from school/work if you are sick.
  • Closely following your school’s protocols. Explain these to your children. 
  • Following Public Health guidelines in all settings. Community spread of the virus can be limited by physical distancing and masking in public spaces and limiting contacts.

4) Be prepared in case one or more of your family members has a COVID infection. In the coming weeks, even mild illness may be disruptive to families, child care arrangements, workplaces, schools and the healthcare system. Please see the attached guidelines for preparing, and caring for your child or family member at home with COVID.

5) Our IWK Health and Nova Scotia Health Regional Pediatric and Mental Health teams are always prepared to offer world class care for your child if they become significantly ill for any reason; our Emergency Departments remain open to all. Most children with COVID will have a mild illness, and will not need to see a doctor or come to the Emergency Department. 

6) We are grateful to our colleagues in education and public health for their dedication and hard work during this pandemic. We encourage the Nova Scotia Teachers Union & education leaders to continue working closely with Public Health, to share concerns, and design timely, best-evidence, feasible solutions to manage risks and maximize benefits for our students, staff and communities. 

7) We are also grateful to parents and caregivers who are doing their best to understand the changing pandemic, protect their families, and promote their children’s best interests. We know there are lots of concerns and worries out there. Child health providers across the Province are following this situation closely. 

Be kind to one another, and tough on the virus.

 

Preparing in case your child and family members get COVID (.pdf)

 

NS Pediatric Pandemic Advisory Group:

Dr. Alexa Bagnell (IWK Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)

Dr. Tara Chobotuk (IWK Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Chief of Community Pediatrics- Central Zone)

Dr. Jeannette Comeau (IWK Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control)

Dr. Joanna Holland (IWK General Pediatrics & Hospital Medicine)

Dr. Katharine Kellock (Community Pediatrician-Sydney)

Dr Mike Nash (Chief of Pediatrics - Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville)

Dr Sarah Shea (IWK Developmental Pediatrics)

Dr. Andrew Lynk (IWK Chief of Pediatrics)