Operations returning to normal after power surge at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital

Northern Health staff has made significant progress to evaluate and repair equipment at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.

Northern Health staff has made significant progress to evaluate and repair equipment at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital since the suspected power surge on Saturday night.

The emergency room is back to normal operations. Residents of Prince Rupert and area are reminded that even though the emergency room is back to normal operations, it is designed to help those with immediate needs. For health care needs that are not immediate, residents are asked to utilize their family physician or nurse practitioner. Alternatively, they can contact HealthLink BC (8-1-1) or visit HealthLinkBC.ca for health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24 hours a day, seven days per week.

Visitors are asked to limit their trips to the hospital until further notice. One of the two elevators is functional, but is needed to transport supplies for patient care meaning public use of the elevator remains limited. Maintenance personal are currently working on a solution to the elevator challenge. Patients on the upper floors are being treated and attended to as normal.

It is expected a majority of operations scheduled for Wednesday will proceed. The limited number of patients with surgeries postponed will be contacted individually with details.

The phone systems at Acropolis Manor are fully functional. Families contacting Acropolis Manor can do so through the normal phone numbers to the pods.

Assessments continue at the facility to determine timelines of when operations will fully return to normal.

Northern Health would like to acknowledge the hard work of staff and physicians, along with community partners, to continue delivering high quality, safe health care during the disruption. Northern Health would also like to thank residents in Prince Rupert and area for their patience and cooperation.