Burst frozen water pipe results in flooding and internal moves at Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cambridge, Ontario – Early morning, January 8, 2014, a frozen water pipe burst at Cambridge Memorial Hospital resulting in some flooding and damage to some clinical areas. The burst pipe, in a location beside the Intensive care Unit (ICU), was caused by the extreme weather conditions the region has experienced these past few days. All ICU patients were safely transferred to the hospital’s surgical recovery room called the PACU, as per protocol. Staff, physicians and support personnel working at that time, handled the incident and everything went according to plan. All patients are safe.

The water damage has closed the ICU part of the hospital and the ‘fast track’ service area of the Emergency Department that deals with non-urgent medical matters. This ‘fast track’ area is being shifted to other clinical areas when they are not in use. Because ICU patients were transferred to PACU, all scheduled surgeries for January 8 were cancelled. The hospital continues to do emergency surgery cases.

“Our priority is to get a temporary ICU fully operational and to resume all surgeries. At this time, we have contractors on site restoring the ICU. We have no timeline when all areas will be fixed and fully operational. I want to assure the public, that we are in a position to provide emergency care should they need it. Depending on the time of day, non-urgent care matters may take a little longer than usual for the next few weeks,” says Patrick Gaskin, President and CEO of Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

The hospital is resuming a partial surgery schedule on January 9. The hospital is calling patients and rescheduling their surgeries for a later date.