Water damages three of four Thompson operating rooms, cancels elective surgeries for months

Three out of four operating rooms at the Thompson General Hospital have been knocked out of commission for months as a result of water damage from a faulty rooftop air conditioning unit.

The damage was discovered June 1 said the Northern Regional Health Authority in a June 11 press release, and elective surgeries and procedures at the hospital have been cancelled as a result. Emergency surgeries and emergency C-sections will continue to be performed in Thompson.

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The health authority is working on contingency plans to have scheduled elective surgeries and procedures go ahead at alternate sites. Cleanup has begun but reconstruction is expected to take “a number of months,” the NRHA says. Patients who had been scheduled to have elective surgeries and procedures done at Thompson General Hospital have been or will soon be contacted, the press release says.

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