Cambridge, Ontario – Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH) has used a temporary solution to bring safe drinking water to its facilities while work is underway to fix the water main that burst earlier today. The temporary solution provides reduced water pressure than normal, yet is sufficient to accommodate safe and effective patient care. As a result, all emergency diversions to regional hospital have been cancelled and surgeries scheduled for Monday will go as planned.
A total of 97 surgeries and procedures (e.g., endoscopies) were cancelled as a result. All are in the process of being rescheduled. As per the hospital’s protocols, emergency processes were immediately put into place. “I want to thank our staff for stepping up and helping us through this incident. I also want to recognize our regional partner hospitals for helping us out at a moment’s notice. It goes to show how a strong Incident Management System can help us work through any crisis, big or small, says Patrick Gaskin, president and CEO. The last time the hospital experienced an incident was in January 2014, when a frozen sprinkler head burst and flooded the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department
The break occurred at 6:30 a.m., Friday, April 17, near where medical gas lines are located at the rear of the hospital. This area is sensitive and crews needed to dig carefully to find the break. The water main is expected to be fixed by late afternoon, Saturday, April 18.
About Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Cambridge Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital with over 1,100 dedicated and skilled health care professionals, technicians and staff, 280 physicians and 400 volunteers providing exceptional care to the residents of Cambridge, the township of North Dumfries and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, visit www.cmh.org.
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