ICU, operating theatres at Cornwall regional to be ready for use next week
The Western Regional Health Authority says the three floors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital which house the operating theatre and intensive care unit, should be ready for use by next week Tuesday.
Operations were halted at the 400-bed type-A facility in January when noxious fumes from the ventilation system forced the medical staff to vacate the first three floors of the hospital.
Tests by the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation revealed that the fumes were the result of fibreglass particles that became loose in the ventilation system while it was being cleaned last year.
The problem also affected the floors above the third floor.
Regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas said the ventilation system is being restored.
Douglas says the hospital's upper floors will be cleaned, starting with the tenth floor down to the seventh.
The first three floors are expected to remain closed until September.