Op­er­a­tions resched­uled af­ter hospi­tal roof dam­aged

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Con­trac­tors will be as­sess­ing dam­age to the roof of the Drumheller Health Cen­tre which forced the op­er­at­ing the­atres to be closed, reschedul­ing surg­eries.

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