Longer wait times after bursting sprinkler in Guelph hospital emergency room

Guelph General Hospital says a sprinkler head broke in its emergency department over the weekend and the flooding caused extensive damage.

Longer wait times are now expected for those coming to the hospital, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday.

Authorities are still assessing the damage, but around 20% of the department has been taken out of service for at least three weeks.

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Affected areas include four treatment rooms, five seated patient areas, and two hallway spaces.

As a result, the hospital said people who show up to the emergency room can expect much longer wait times than usual.

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Vice President of People and Support Services Karen Suk-Patrick said the timing couldn’t be worse as the busy holiday season approaches.

“We ask for more patience and understanding from those who come to our emergency department,” she said.

“Our staff are doing their best given the difficult circumstances. It may take longer, but they will continue to provide the high quality care for which Guelph General Hospital is known.


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