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QEII water main break cancels elective, non-urgent surgeries

By Jacob Moore Apr 3, 2024 | 2:49 PM

Nova Scotia Health (NSH) says a water main is broken at the QEII’s Halifax Infirmary.

NSH says in a news release, it is in the steam plant which is causing a loss of water and steam in all the buildings on campus including the Halifax Infirmary, Veterans Memorial Building, Abbie J. Lane and the Power Plant.

All elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures at that site are cancelled or being rescheduled.

There is currently no running water for flushing toilets or drinking water.

NSH says hand sanitizer is available and they are ‘working to bring in drinking water and portable handwashing stations/washrooms as soon as possible.’

The hospital says the immediate impacts include:

  • All elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures at the site are being cancelled and rescheduled.
  • Outpatient blood collection is closed at the Halifax Infirmary for Wednesday, April 3. Patients can present at Bayer’s Road Blood Collection, 7071 Bayers Road Suite 141 at the time of their scheduled appointment or call 902-473- 2074 for a new appointment at a time/location that is convenient.
  • The emergency department is open but patients without emergency concerns are asked to visit another emergency department or virtual/community access point. Please visit yourhealthns.ca or use the YourHealthNS app for options.
  • Patients with other scheduled appointments today (Wednesday, April 3) will be contacted to relocate, reschedule or offer a virtual option.

The Health Authority says they appreciate your flexibility and cooperation.