Planned power outages will limit services, visits at Victoria County Memorial Hospital this weekend
Planned power outages will take place Saturday, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 at Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck.
These outages are necessary to replace equipment on the hospital’s emergency generator. The first outage is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The second outage is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During those outages, there will be no power within the facility.
To accommodate this loss of power, the hospital’s emergency department will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 until 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. Baddeck area residents needing emergency service should call 911 or visit the nearest open emergency department. If you have a non-urgent health matter, call 811 to talk to a registered nurse. The provincial Mental Health Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.
Visiting will also be limited by the outage. Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is asking that only immediate family or next of kin visit patients on Saturday and Sunday. Exceptions are visiting for compassionate reasons. Visitors will be asked to use the hospital’s main entrance and sign in as a precaution.
Inpatient services will not be affected by the loss of power. Staff will still provide care, meals and medication to patients.
During the outages, there will be no elevator service and phone service will be limited to incoming and outgoing calls.
While the work is necessary, NSHA regrets any inconvenience it may cause and appreciates the public’s cooperation while it takes place.
Provincial media line: 1-844-483-3344 or NSHAmedia@nshealth.ca
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