Flooding impacts some Hotel Dieu clinics

Hotel Dieu Hospital, a KHSC site. Photo by Josie Vallier/Kingstonist.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) says that some of its clinics at its Hotel Dieu Hospital site have been impacted by a flood on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023.

“Earlier this morning, a Code Brown (flooding) was called at the Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) site of Kingston Health Sciences Centre,” the hospital said in a release on the incident. “The source of this was found to be a burst water pipe affecting several areas of Sydenham, Centenary and Johnson Wings of the HDH site. Our team quickly responded to contain water damage and assess the impacts.” 

KHSC says that flood damage is “varied across each of these areas”, and that, as a precautionary measure, the hospital will be pausing all in-person patient appointments that are scheduled on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 for the following areas: 

  • Centenary 5 – Heads Up! and Eating Disorder clinic  
  • Centenary 2 – Diabetes clinic, Bariatric Care clinic 
  • Centenary 4 – GI Function unit 

“Patients who are scheduled for appointments in these impacted areas will be contacted to make alternative arrangements,” the hospital says.

KHSC advises that staff who work in these areas are being asked to speak to their manager at the beginning of their shift to have their work area assessed. Depending on the impact to the specific area, the hospital says, managers may decide on alternative work arrangements while remediation is ongoing.  

The hospital did not immediately give an estimate of how long the remediation work would take or how long the affected areas would be closed. “We would like to thank everyone who responded so quickly and efficiently to the situation to minimize the impact,” the hospital says in its advisory. “Your efforts are greatly appreciated.”

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