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Flooded ER in Surrey repaired, opens Monday

11/29/2012 07:33 EST | Updated 01/29/2013 05:12 EST
Surrey Memorial Hospital's emergency department will reopen next Monday, the Fraser Health Authority says.

It was closed suddenly 10 days ago when a construction crew hit a water main at the hospital, flooding the ER and medical imaging department.

There was extensive water damage and the facility had to be shut down and emergency patients diverted.

Fraser Health spokesperson Roy Thorpe-Dorward says the ER will open at 8 a.m. PT Monday, along with the medical imaging department with CT scan and X-ray suites open for business.

But Thorpe-Dorward says one piece of equipment will still be out of service.

“The MRI at Surrey Memorial will remain out of commission for a number of weeks still." Thorpe Dorward says the cost of the damage is estimated to be in the $2 million-to-$3 million range.

However, he says it's unclear whether the function of the hospital's MRI machine will be recoverable, and to replace it could add millions to that total.

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