Installation work beginning on the next phase of New Waterford Consolidated Hospital fire sprinkler system project

Installation work on the next phase of a project to add a fire sprinkler system to the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital (NWCH) begins next week.

The installation of the system is recommended by the Office of the Fire Marshal and ensures ongoing safety for the hospital’s patients, residents, clients, visitors, employees and physicians.

A multi-year project that started in 2016, this phase involves installing the system on the hospital’s main floor and is expected to be completed in March 2020.

Installation begins on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with work taking place in the main entrance, reception/waiting area and switchboard/admitting. This work is expected to take three weeks. Service impacts include:

• The hospital’s main entrance and reception/waiting area will be closed.
• Diagnostic imaging (X-ray), lab (blood collections), ultrasound and EKG will continue to provide service in their current locations and are open to the public.
• Ambulatory care appointments will continue to be seen in current location.
• Day surgery: Patients will continue to be seen in current location. Day surgery patients should use the rear hospital entrance near the emergency department (King Street side) and follow the signage to the admitting desk to register. Once registered, use the elevators or stairs to proceed to day surgery.
• Switchboard/admitting will move to the radiologist office in the lab/diagnostic imaging (X-ray) area.
• Visitors: People who are visiting patients on the hospital’s second floor medical/surgical unit or residents on Waterford Heights should use the rear hospital entrance near the emergency department (King Street side) and use the elevators or stairs to access the units.
• Entrances: use the rear door near the emergency department (King Street side) to access X-ray, blood collections, ambulatory care, ultrasound and EKG; use Acadia Street side entrance or accessible entrance at the rear of the hospital near physicians’ offices (upper Acadia Street side) to access physician offices and public health.
• Public parking: People can park in the small side parking lot by the Acadia Street entrance or at the rear of the hospital which can be accessed from King Street (near the emergency department) or upper Acadia Street (near the physicians’ offices). A ramp is being added at physicians’ office entrance (upper Acadia Street) for patient and visitor access. The front parking lot will be open but people will have to use other entrances to access hospital services.
• Staff parking: Staff can access the upper rear parking lot off MacLeod Avenue.

While the work is underway, outpatient services will be available on site and remain open to the public including blood collections, X-ray, ultrasound, EKG, physician and nurse practitioners offices, day surgery, scheduled ambulatory care appointments, diabetic education, mental health and addiction services and public health services. Some services may be impacted by work being done later in the project and updates will be provided at that time. People will also still be able to visit patients on the hospital’s second floor medical/surgical unit or residents on Waterford Heights. The hospital’s emergency department closed in early October and will reopen when the work is completed in 2020.

People are asked to use caution in any areas where work is being done. Installation work will follow the standards and guidelines set out to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents, visitors, staff and physicians.

Updates and service impacts will be shared with staff, physicians and the public as the project progresses.

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