03/27/2017 15:47 EDT | Updated 03/28/2018 01:12 EDT

Outpatient clinics resume at Hull Hospital following flood

Health officials in west Quebec say most outpatient clinics at the Hull Hospital resumed Tuesday following last week's serious flood.

On Thursday a contractor accidentally damaged a pipe in the hospital's east wing, flooding five floors and forcing about 30 patients out of their rooms.

Outpatient clinics were also suspended as a result of the flood.

The outpatient clinics scheduled to reopen Tuesday include:

  • Respiratory therapy.
  • Pulmonology.
  • Endoscopy.
  • Electrophysiology.
  • Audiology.
  • Sleep Apnea.

According to the Outaouais integrated health and social services centre (CISSS de l'Outaouais), the hospital's physiotherapy clinic won't resume its regular schedule until next week.

Patients who had appointments cancelled due to the flood will be called back on a priority basis, the health authority said.

ICU to reopen Wednesday

CISSS de l'Outaouais had hoped to reopen the intensive care unit on the hospital's third floor by Tuesday morning, but needed repairs have delayed that plan. Twelve of the unit's 14 beds will reopen Wednesday.

Patients who require intensive care are being treated in other wards until then.

Some surgeries that were cancelled last week took place over the weekend. The regular surgery schedule should return to normal on Wednesday, with urgent and semi-urgent surgeries taking priority, health officials said.

CISSS de l'Outaouais said its insurance company is currently processing its claim, but isn't commenting further on the estimated cost of the cleanup.