Planned power outage at Victoria Hospital could affect some emergency patients
There will be a planned power outage at the Victoria Hospital on Monday, November 16, 2015 starting at 8 p.m. to complete repairs to the essential power supply at the facility.

Published on Friday, November 13, 2015
Author: Doug Dahl

There will be a planned power outage at the Victoria Hospital on Monday, November 16, 2015 starting at 8 p.m. to complete repairs to the essential power supply at the facility.

Emergency surgical patients and those requiring a computerized tomography (CT) scan may require a transfer to another hospital as the Victoria Hospital Operating Room and CT scanner will not be available during the power outage.

Physicians and ambulance operators will determine if an ambulance bypasses the Victoria Hospital, or if a transfer is required.

Other systems will be operating, and maintenance and information technology staff members will be on hand to resolve any issues that arise during the outage that is expected to take about four hours. The Obstetrical Unit Operating Room will continue to function during this period.

The planned power outage is required to accommodate repairs to the essential power back-up systems, including the installation of a new transfer switch that transfers power from the utility feed to power from the emergency generator. During the power outage, the health region’s staff will work with contractors to make final changes that will stabilize the system.

The problems initially arose in May 2015 when the transformer for the essential power grid at the Victoria Hospital failed. The problems with the emergency power transfer switch arose during a city-wide power outage in June 2015.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:
Doug Dahl, Communication Officer
306-765-6409 or 306-961-6217

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