09/24/2013 07:42 EDT | Updated 11/24/2013 05:12 EST

Prince Edward Island introduces 811 phone service for health advice

CHARLOTTETOWN - The P.E.I. government has launched a new phone service for people seeking health advice.

Health Minister Doug Currie said Tuesday that the 811 service will give Islanders access to non-emergency health information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Residents will be connected to a registered nurse to get advice on how to use the health-care system and which type of care they need.

Currie says staff could recommend a caller see a health-care provider, go to the emergency or resolve it some other way.

He says the service will also be provided in French and more than 120 other languages, including Arabic, Farsi and Cantonese.

People with hearing impairments can access the service by calling 7-1-1.