Operations rescheduled after hospital roof damaged
Eleven surgeries and 13 colonoscopies had to be rescheduled as the Drumheller Health Centre deals with a leaky roof.
A build-up of snow, ice and water on the roof of the Drumheller Health Centre has caused damage and has led to the closing of many vital parts of the facility.
“Snow melting has led to some water damage that is being repaired,” said James Frey, communications for Alberta Health Services.
“The roof is above the operating theatres so we had to postpone 11 surgeries and 13 colonoscopies because we can’t go in there when there is damage,” he said.
He said they would be receiving an update on the extent of the damage this week. Right now a walk through the hospital reveals areas parti- tioned off, and what appears to be plastic venting to allow moisture to escape.
“There is a contractor, but it is just a matter of waiting for the last of the snow to melt and dry off before they can do some repair and restoration work,” he said. “On Wednesday we’ll have a better idea. The contractor is coming in and we will get a report from them on what the actual work will involve and the estimated timeline.”
They expect the repair work will be completed by March.
He says staffing has not been affected by the closure of the operating theatre and other facilities.
Contractors will be assessing damage to the roof of the Drumheller Health Centre which forced the operating theatres to be closed, rescheduling surgeries.