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Jan 27
Burst pipe at Royal University Hospital (RUH) has minimal impact on operations

Saskatoon – Saskatoon Health Region has averted cancelling most procedures today after a pipe burst at Royal University Hospital early this morning. The rupture caused flooding in several areas, including the pediatric outpatient area, one of the operating rooms, the surgical recovery room, the coronary care unit and some public spaces.

A team of Health Region leaders has been assessing the situation since the rupture occurred around midnight.

  • Physician leaders have surveyed the surgery schedule and made some adjustments to accommodate the closure of one operating room and the water damage to the recovery area.
  • Pediatrics has moved its outpatient services to another part of the hospital today, however clients are asked to register as usual at the pediatric outpatient registration desk.
  • Some patients in the coronary care unit have been moved into other areas of the hospital.
  • Facilities Management and Support Services staff have been assessing damage and implementing resolutions and clean up procedures, and assessing any equipment that may have been affected by the water.
  • Infection Prevention and Control is also assessing any potential risks for the spread of infection particularly in the operating rooms, recovery room and in pediatric outpatients.
  • Additional Client Representatives are in today to help with patient navigation and messaging.

No one was injured in this incident. The situation will be continually assessed and updated.

We ask the cooperation of the public:
  • Please do not call the hospital or physician offices regarding today’s procedures
  • Visit our website at www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca for information
  • Or call 306-655-7880 or 1-855-655-7880 (outside Saskatoon) for updates
  • Please proceed to your appointment as scheduled unless you have been contacted by the hospital or your surgeon’s office.

Thank you for your understanding as we work through the details of this situation.

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