St. Boniface operating rooms still not ready to reopen
Surgeries there have been cancelled since Winnipeg hospital experienced flooding on Jan. 22
Operating rooms at St. Boniface General Hospital are not yet ready to reopen after last week's flood, despite the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's hopes that some surgeries there could resume today.
Most of the hospital’s 14 operating rooms were flooded on Jan. 22 after the heating and cooling system malfunctioned and froze some pipes. The pipes burst, pouring water into a number of rooms.
The flooding forced the cancellation of nearly 300 surgeries at St. Boniface and relocated some procedures to other hospitals.
Health authority officials said they had hoped to open six operating theatres on Friday morning, but air quality tests showed inconsistent readings, so the operating rooms will remain closed.
As a result, surgeries scheduled at St. Boniface for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled, according to the health authority.