The Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) has revealed medical staff had to deal with a water leak during a surgery earlier this month at the troubled Centennial Building at the QEII’s Victoria General site.
The incident happened on Nov. 2 in an operating room on the 10th floor.
According to NSHA senior media relations adviser, Kristen Lipscombe, a small leak started trickling from the ceiling. Staff later found out the leak started from a sink drain on the floor above. She says the water was shut off immediately and the sink was repaired the next day.
“Facility management and infection control were immediately notified and both the patient and sterile field were protected until the procedure was completed, at which time the affected area was tented and all equipment was removed from the operating room,” the statement read.
She goes on to say the patient was notified about what happened and was “assured that neither the procedure nor his health were impacted.”
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Scheduled procedures were moved to other rooms until the room was properly cleaned, and the room was operational again on Nov. 9.
The latest incident adds to a long list of problems with the aging building, that have included flooding, bursting pipes and bed bugs.
“Patients, health-care teams and physicians deserve a solution as soon as possible. As part of the QEII Redevelopment Project, we’re working toward replacing the Victoria and Centennial buildings with modern, inspiring and innovative new spaces.”
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Lipscombe says the project’s master planning process should be completed in December.
“We look forward to sharing next steps in the New Year,” she said.