Emergency department temporary closure part of preparations for next phase of New Waterford fire sprinkler system project

NEW WATERFORD, N.S. - Work on the next phase of a project to add a fire sprinkler system to the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital will begin in the coming weeks.

The installation of the system is recommended by the Office of the Fire Marshal and ensures ongoing safety for the hospital’s patients, residents, clients, visitors, employees and physicians.

A multi-year project that started in 2016, this phase involves installing the system on the hospital’s main floor.

In preparation for the work that will need to be done, the hospital’s emergency department (ED) will temporarily close starting Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. The ED will reopen when the work is completed, which is expected to be in the new year.

During the project, emergency services will be provided at Glace Bay Hospital’s emergency department. When the department is open, its hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can also call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency department at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. For general health advice, people can call 8-1-1 and talk to a registered nurse.

While New Waterford’s emergency department is closed, other outpatient services will be available on site including lab collections, diagnostic imaging (x-ray), ultrasound, EKG, physician and nurse practitioners offices, day surgery, scheduled ambulatory care appointments, diabetic education, mental health and addiction services and public health services. Some of these services may be impacted by work being done later in the project. Service updates will be provided at that time. People will also still be able to visit patients on the hospital’s second floor medical/surgical unit or residents on Waterford Heights.

This phase of the project is expected to run from later this fall into the new year. Updates will be shared with staff, physicians and the public as the project progresses.

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