Port aux Basques

Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre (DCLLHCC) is located in the town of Port aux Basques and provides Primary, and Long Term Care services to the Southwest coast for a population of 10 000. It has been recognized both provincially and nationally as a Primary Health Care Centre that provides excellent service through an interdisciplinary team approach.

The Centre is a 44-bed facility with 14 Acute Care beds including 2 ICU beds and 1 Palliative Care suite.  There are 30 Long Term Care Beds.  Health services provided include social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, speech/language pathology, dietetics, diabetes education, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound services, community health nursing and those services provided by two nurse practitioners.  LeGrow Health Centre provides emergency services and a wide range of ambulatory care services, including chemotherapy, dialysis, Telehealth and an interdisciplinary Healthy Aging Clinic.

Currently there are 6 physicians in Port aux Basques.  All provide inpatient and outpatient services, home visits, perform minor procedures, and work in the Emergency Department.  The Emergency Room experience for rural learners here is like none other in the province.  Being the “Gateway” to the province the tourism traffic here is very high.  This combined with the landscape and the famous “Wreckhouse”, with the highest winds in North America, gives the region an extraordinary volume of trauma.  The Health Centre is more than 200 km from the Regional Centre.  Critical care and transport medicine are crucial parts of the educational experience.  Point of Care ultrasound is utilized.  Outpatient clinics have an Electronic Medical Record.  Residents have their own dedicated office space to facilitate supervised independent practice.  The younger demographic profile of this area means that residents will gain excellent skills in pediatrics and prenatal care.  Learners work with a consultant Cardiologist, Psychiatrist and Nephrologist who visit monthly.

The health centre operates two satellite medical clinics at Doyles and Rose Blanche.  Visits to the Doyles and Rose Blanche clinics by a nurse practitioner occur on a weekly basis.
Community Overview
Port Aux Basques is the gateway to Newfoundland, being the hub of activity for the Marine Atlantic ferry and the major point of entry to Newfoundland from the rest of Canada via Nova Scotia.  Port Aux Basques boasts beautiful scenery as well as modern amenities. Lighthouses, beaches and trails can all be found in the local area. Located just 20 minutes outside of Port Aux Basques in the beautiful Codroy Valley is the St. Andrew’s Na Creige Golf Course. St. Andrew’s Na Creige offers some of the best golfing, as well as scenery, in the province.

There are many opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature in all its beauty within the town of Port aux Basques, as well as surrounding communities. There are Family Parks, walking/hiking trails, sandy beaches, and sports fields.  For the not so nice days, you can visit the Bruce II Sports Centre.  The facility boasts an ice rink, two curling sheets, a six-lane bowling alley, a swimming pool, indoor walking track, fitness centre and meeting facilities.

Transporation & Accommodations
There is no public transportation in Port aux Basques, however there are Taxi Services: Don’s Taxi at 709-695-7777 or Kerstin’s Cabs at 709-694-1212.

Learners training in either the hospital or clinics are provided accommodations whenever possible. For more information about accommodations, please contact the APA for Port aux Basques at dme.southwest@mun.ca or the Secretary for Port aux Basques at holly.munden@med.mun.ca. 
Contact Information

Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre Switchboard Phone Number: 709-695-2175.

If you require contact information or additional information about Port aux Basques please contact the APA for Port aux Basques at dme.southwest@mun.ca or the Secretary for Port aux Basques at holly.munden@med.mun.ca