PEH cancels surgeries due to water damage in theatres
All elective surgery and the majority of day patient cases scheduled for today at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital have been cancelled, after water damage was caused to the main theatres.
At around 5pm yesterday, the heat exchanger in the air conditioning unit in the plant room above the main theatres failed, resulting in the damage.
We’re told staff responded immediately and the leak was stopped, but the water now needs to be drained before the theatres can be dried, repaired, deep cleaned and then re-opened.
Depending on the extent of the damage, it’s thought the theatres could be re-commissioned for use tomorrow.
The President of the Committee for Health and Social Care said staff have been working through the night:
Emergency situation tonight at PEH. Air con breakdown causing water leak in theatres. Staff at the scene, contained and draining units. Working into the night to get everything restored. Need to dry things out and get units up and running means unavoidable postponements to ops.
— Heidi Soulsby (@HeidiSoulsby) November 6, 2018
In the mean time, the theatre in the Day Patient Unit will be used to ensure continued capacity for emergency cases.
HSC has apologised to all affected patients and it’s understood anyone with operations scheduled for today have been contacted.
If you need further assistance, please get in touch with the Admissions Team on 725241.