Power was restored overnight to Royal University Hospital medical systems, including medical air and suction, air flow ventilation and heating equipment. Steam services have also been restored to RUH, which provide essential services like hot water, heat, and surgical instrument sterilization.
As a result, surgeries scheduled for Thursday, June 19 will proceed as planned.
"There were a total of 37 surgeries postponed over the last two days," says Jackie Mann, vice president of Integrated Health Services. "I do want to express my sincere apology that we had to reschedule these surgeries. We absolutely recognize that for every patient and their family, it's a very stressful time to have surgery. We really had to do this to ensure their safety."
Surgeries that were postponed from Tuesday and Wednesday are in the process of being rescheduled collaboratively with surgeon's offices. Patients will be contacted directly by their surgeon's office and may contact that office for further information. Patients may also contact the Region's Client Representative Office at 306-655-0250 or 1-866-655-5066.
Power was restored to the medical systems listed above, but they do not currently have back-up power in the event of another incident or power failure. Contingency plans are in place for these systems and facilities and maintenance teams are assessing the best course of action to develop a permanent solution. RUH infrastructure remains a priority this year, including several planned upgrades to the electrical system.
"Thank you to all the RUH Facilities and Maintenance staff for all the hard work they've been doing for the past few days to get us through this difficult situation," says Nilesh Kavia, vice president of Finance and Corporate Services. "Many of them worked through the night and worked very hard to get some of the issues we had resolved. As well I want to thank all our patients, employees and care providers for their patience and cooperation over the last few days."