2020-11-04

Broken pipe causes extensive damage at Queens General Hospital

by KEVIN MCBAIN

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Damage to a pipe during construction work caused extensive flooding at Queens General Hospital in Liverpool October 28.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) reported that the pipe was damaged around 10 a.m. by construction work taking place on the third floor. Water quickly made its way to the endoscopy suite directly below and on to some offices on the first floor where Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech is located.

"We want to thank the quick-thinking staff at Queens General Hospital for their rapid response to this incident, and thanks to the Liverpool Fire Department for their support and assistance," Brendan Elliott, communications lead for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said in a media release.

Renovation work is being done to create on-call areas for medical students with the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program at Queens General Hospital and Bridgewater's South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH).

As a result of the incident, endoscopy procedures scheduled for Wednesday had to be postponed.

Beginning on November 9, and until further notice, patients scheduled for these procedures will be re-booked at the Bridgewater hospital.

Due to the ongoing construction, a plan had already been in place to relocate endoscopy procedures at the SSRH for the months of January and February. The incident will speed up the move.

The renovation work is being made possible by NSHA's partnerships with the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, South Shore Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and Queens General Hospital Foundation. Combined, the groups are contributing $890,000 to create the on-call areas.

The cost of the damage to the hospital was not available at press time.

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