February 16, 2006

Update on SBGH Water Situation (11:30 a.m.)

Saint Boniface General Hospital is still waiting for results of tests run on water samples taken late yesterday. Staff have flushed the water pipes in the section of the hospital where the smell was the strongest and are currently flushing the system in the other areas. This necessitates turning off the water in certain areas of the building for between three and four hours. This will not affect patient care.
Because test results so far have not determined the source or nature of the contaminant, the precautionary measures initiated yesterday remain in place.

All elective day and evening tests and procedures for today have been cancelled.  A public inquiry line has been established to respond to concerns from family. Please call 235-3477.

All cancelled procedures and appointments will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Women in labour or expectant mothers who require medical attention are to proceed to the Health Sciences Centre until further notice.

Any one requiring emergency medical attention is asked to present to another hospital. Those with less urgent concerns can contact HealthLinks/InfoSanté at 788-8200 or present to Misericordia Urgent Care Center, Pan Am minor injury clinic, a walk in clinic or make an appointment with your family physician.

Signs have been posted throughout the facility informing staff, patients and visitors of the situation and advising them not to drink the water or use it to wash. Alternate water sources are being made available for consumption and cleaning. 

The problem is contained to the St. Boniface General Hospital campus, and is not affecting the surrounding areas. The Hospital is continuing to work with the City of Winnipeg and the Province to determine the source of the problem and respond to any patient needs. Although the source of contamination has not been identified, there is no indication that patients and individuals are in danger. The hospital is taking every precaution to ensure the continued safety of its patients.

All staff are asked to present to work as normal.

A media briefing has been scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. in the Mezzanine of the Asper Institute.

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