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
- 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
- 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
- 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.