Services and Supports in the NWT

  • The Cancer Care Coordinator, based in Yellowknife, assists those diagnosed with cancer in scheduling their appointments and obtaining supports that they may need. Call (867) 669-4310. Click here to view the complete notice.
  • The Breast Screening Program offers mammography screening examinations to women aged 50 to 74, and others who are eligible.  Mammograms are done in the Diagnostic Imaging Department (X-Ray) at Stanton Hospital, as well as Hay River and Inuvik.  There are travelling clinics as well: check with your local health centre.
  • Doctors:  It is important to seek a family doctor as early as possible to avoid wait times.  In Yellowknife, contact the Yellowknife Primary Care Centre at (867) 920-7777 or the Frame Lake Community Health Centre at (867) 873-3512.   A list of doctors accepting new patients can be obtained through the Patient Hot Line at (867) 920-3335.  Smaller communities have visiting (locum) doctors, so women needing to see a doctor may have to travel to a larger community.  Click here for contact information for the regional health boards in the NWT. 
  • Medical care:  Though most cancer-related surgeries are carried out in Alberta, hospitals in the NWT can provide for some tests, surgeries and surgical procedures as well as pre and postoperative care.  Community health centres provide well women checkups, and experienced nurses and health staff can help you make appointments and assist with followup care.
  • Stanton Medical Clinic (at the Stanton Hospital) has internal and general medicine specialists and surgeons who may be involved in your care.
  • Medical travel support The Government of the Northwest Territories covers the costs of travel to necessary and appropriate insured health services. Travel must originate in the NWT and service must not be available within the resident’s home community.  The medical travel benefit extends only to individuals who do not have similar coverage through an employer or some other program. The benefit provides for return airfare, inter-facility ambulance services on emergency medical evacuations, and limited support for meals, accommodation and ground transportation.
  • Alberta Blue Cross: Extended health benefits are provided to non-aboriginal NWT residents for certain conditions, to cover prescriptions, equipment and some treatments, though Alberta Blue Cross.
  • NWT Breast health/breast cancer action group: Find resources on this website, check us on Facebook, or phone 867-873-8089 in Yellowknife.