Preparations are underway for the next phase of work at Lloydminster Hospital toward replacement of main air supply lines and lower level ducting flooded June 9th by a torrential rain storm that hit the Border City.
The custom ordered ducting and supplies are to begin arriving at the hospital over the next week. Installation will begin as quickly as possible, with the project expected to be complete late this summer.
“In the meantime, air temperature and air quality in the hospital are reported as excellent,” said David Fan, CEO of Prairie North Health Region. Fresh cool air is once again being delivered throughout the hospital via the facility's in-house heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and temporary ducting that bypasses the damaged lines.
“Air quality test results from July 14 show no fungal spores detected, or very low spore counts well within acceptable ranges,” Fan explained. “According to our air quality experts, this is a real achievement, considering that outdoor spore counts were very high. We have also installed special filters to deal with smoke in the air from wildfires in British Columbia.”
“Guided by our experts and the work of our staff, our efforts to ensure a safe, comfortable environment for patients, employees, physicians and all those who visit the hospital, have produced tremendous results in this difficult situation,” stated Fan. Air quality monitoring within the hospital is ongoing.
Staff and patients may hear the sounds of jackhammering over the next week as removal of a limited amount of concrete begins in the basement crawl space to facilitate replacement of the damaged ducting. The areas most likely to be impacted by the noise are the laboratory and medical imaging departments, as the jackhammering will be happening below those units.
“We'll be doing as much as we can to mitigate the noise,” Fan stated, “including installation of sound barriers, scheduling of the jackhammering outside of regular daytime service hours, and performing the work over brief intermittent periods of time. “We'll be monitoring the situation as well and responding as appropriate,” he said.
Precautions will also be taken to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the new ducting to be installed. “We need to ensure that all infection control parameters are maintained during delivery, storage and installation of the ducting. This means keeping the products sealed, wrapped and stored appropriately, as well as regularly monitoring them,” explained Fan.
“Once again, we express our appreciation to our contractors and staff for their leadership and action in dealing with this crisis situation for the past month and a half. Your efforts and expertise have been invaluable. We also ask for the continued support, patience and understanding of our staff, patients, physicians and public as we work toward full restoration of our HVAC system,” concluded Fan.”
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer 306-446-6625