Surrey Memorial ER closed for two weeks
Ambulance and Paramedics wait as workers contend with flooding at the Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Surrey , British Columbia, Monday Nov. 19, 2012. The flooding is due to a water main break and patients are being directed to other hospitals. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The several hundred daily patients that arrive at Surrey Memorial Hospital’s emergency room will have to go somewhere else for at least the next two weeks, the Fraser Health Authority announced Tuesday.
Roy Thorpe-Dorward, spokesman for the health authority, said patients have primarily been diverted to Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital, with less serious cases being dealt with a few blocks away at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.
One hospital employee was hurt during the initial water burst but has since been released from hospital. None of the 25 patients inside at the time were injured.
“Information about potential insurance coverage and where the money is coming from is certainly a question we’ll get answered,” Thorpe-Doward said.
Everything from computer equipment, bedding, electronics, walls and floors were damaged during the flood Monday morning, when waters reached knee-deep in some places.
A more concrete dollar figure on reparation costs is expected by Thursday.