Burst pipe floods areas of Royal University Hospital
Rupture causes flooding in several areas of RUH in Saskatoon
A pipe that burst early Monday morning at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon has caused flooding.
The ruptured pipe broke behind a wall in the pediatric outpatient area. It also flooded an operating room, a surgical recovery room and some public spaces.
The Saskatoon Health Region said it has averted cancelling most procedures at the hospital. However, some dental surgeries were cancelled.
Nobody has been impacted in terms of care.- Nilesh Kavia, VP of finances and corporate services at RUH
The Health Region has put together a team who have been assessing the situation since the rupture occurred at midnight.
The team made some adjustments to RUH's surgery schedule to accommodate the closure of one operating room and the water damage to the recovery area.
Pediatrics has also moved its outpatient services to another part of the hospital today, however RUH is asking clients to register as per usual at the pediatric outpatient registration desk.
Damage to property minimal
Nilesh Kavia, vice president of finances and corporate services at RUH, told CBC News the impact on patients is minimal.
"All of the patients that were in those areas have been diverted to other areas within the hospital, so nobody has been impacted in terms of care," Kavia said.
The Health Region said Infection Prevention and Control is also assessing the situation for potential risks for the spread of infection.
The cause of the pipe break is currently under investigation. The hospital expects the cost of the damage to be relatively insignificant as the water did not disturb any important machinery.
"Some of the things that have been affected are more like desks and chairs and seating areas," Kavia said.
The hospital is advising patients to go to any scheduled appointments they may have, unless they have been contacted and told otherwise by RUH staff.