10/04/2011 11:52 EDT | Updated 12/04/2011 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia health minister announces second collaborative care centre

TATAMAGOUCHE, N.S. - Nova Scotia's health minister has announced a collaborative emergency care centre for Tatamagouche, the second such facility in the province.

Maureen MacDonald says the centre will be based at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital and will open later this year after consultations with the community.

The centres are intended to relieve pressure on hospital emergency rooms in the province's rural regions.

They accept patients on a same-day or next-day appointment basis and are meant to handle most medical problems that aren't emergencies.

The province's first collaborative care centre staffed opened in Parrsboro, N.S., in July and the government plans to announce three more by the end of March.