PET CT scanner appointments at Buhler Centre on hold

Officials say sewer backup caused major power outage

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Friday, March 11, 2016

Appointments for PET CT scans at the Buhler Centre are being rescheduled today after service was disrupted by a major power outage in the building.

A spokesperson for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) says as many as 35 appointments set for this week have been postponed, and more may have to be rescheduled next week.

Officials say the outage affects floors five through eight of the Buhler Centre, which is operated by the University of Manitoba and is located on Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg’s campus.

The WRHA operates a number of services out of the facility, including the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT scanner, which is used to detect and help monitor the development of conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

“We fully understand the seriousness of the temporary loss of our PET CT scanner,” said Dana Erickson, Chief Operating Officer, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg and regional executive responsible for Diagnostic Imaging.

“Many of our patients are oncology patients, including a small number of children. This is why we are looking at a variety of alternative options to provide this valuable diagnostic service during the outage and supporting the University of Manitoba to resolve the power outage as soon as possible. Once power has been restored, we will prioritize patients according to their urgency for care and increase our capacity as rapidly as possible.”

The WRHA is notifying patients about changes in appointments, but those require more information can call 204-787-3375.

WRHA and HSC Winnipeg staff are working actively with the University to address the power outage. Components for the building’s electrical system are custom fabricated and an emergency order has been placed to obtain the part. Installation and full power are expected to be restored by the end of next week, according to the University of Manitoba.

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