Power outage planned for Saturday will limit services, visits at Glace Bay Hospital

Work on the hospital’s electrical system will limit services and visiting at Glace Bay Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 28.

To complete work on the system, a power shutdown is planned for Saturday at the hospital. The shutdown is expected to start at 8 a.m. and last about 10 hours. The work being done during the shutdown will connect the diagnostic imaging (x-ray) department and the satellite renal dialysis unit area to the hospital’s emergency power panel.

To accommodate this loss of power, the hospital’s emergency department will be closed. Glace Bay area residents requiring emergency service should call 911 or visit the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. If you have a NON-URGENT health matter, call 811 to talk to a registered nurse.

Visiting will also be limited by the shutdown. Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is asking that only immediate family or next of kin visit patients or residents on Saturday. Exceptions would be visiting for compassionate reasons, or if the patient/resident or next of kin feel a visitor is important for the patient’s/resident’s emotional well-being and care. If you need to visit a hospital patient/resident, you will be asked to sign in as a safety precaution.

Please note that elevators at the hospital will be down during the shutdown. The external phone system will be operational and 10 digit dialing will function normally.

Inpatient services will not be affected by the loss of power. Staff will still provide care, meals and medication to patients and residents.

While this work is necessary, NSHA regrets any inconvenience it may cause and appreciates the public’s cooperation while the work takes place.

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Provincial media line: 1-844-483-3344 or NSHAmedia@nshealth.ca

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