Officials with the troubled Misericordia Hospital have worked out a plan that will allow scheduled surgeries to continue after part of the hospital flooded last weekend.
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Surgeries for about 300 patients were cancelled when a drain pipe cracked during Saturday’s thunderstorm, causing flooding and damage to the surgical day ward, endoscopy and cystoscopy areas.
Now, in order to work around the flood damage, some of the hospital’s surgical teams will be working out of the Grey Nuns and the University of Alberta hospitals, while day surgery will be moved to a different area inside the Misericordia.
The hospital will also be extending the hours in the operating room and opening an additional operating suite.
Officials at the hospital say air quality is being regularly monitored and no health or safety concerns have been identified.
The Misericordia hopes to have all services back on site in about eight weeks.
In May 2013, the hospital had to cancel 46 elective surgeries and move 53 patients after valve ruptured while a toilet was being repaired.
Misericordia must be replaced, Horne says
Health minister Fred Horne said that Misericordia is his top priority.
“It is a hospital that is going to have to be replaced. It has a significant number of beds in the Edmonton zone.”
Some people have suggested that a new hospital should be built next to the Misericordia but Horne says that’s still up for discussion.
“People have an attachment to their local community hospital I completely understand that so certainly that's one of the options, is a very viable option, that could be considered,” he added.
“We also have a responsibility to make sure that we’ve got the right plan as to how we’re going to meet all the needs in the Edmonton zone, including additional beds.”
Horne is hoping to release a plan for all of Edmonton's hospitals this fall.