Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Appointments Cancelled at Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial
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Firefighters from the Clarenville Volunteer Fire Dept. survey the damage at Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville this morning. A car entering the parking lot of the hospital from Manitoba Drive drove straight in through the window of the pysician's lounge area near the main entrance.
Eastern Health advises the public that effective immediately, elective surgeries and all outpatient medical appointments at the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville are cancelled until further notice.
In a press release just issued, Eastern Health said that at approximately 10 a.m. today (August 13), a motor vehicle crashed into the exterior wall of the hospital. The vehicle caused significant damage to the physician lounge; however, there were no injuries to patients, visitors or staff. The individual involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. There is some smoke and gas fumes on the main floor of the facility.
In the interest of patient, visitor and staff safety, the outpatient clinic/day surgery/chemotherapy area at Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital was evacuated. As a result of the accident, surgery services at Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital have been limited to emergency surgeries only, including emergency obstetrical surgeries and elective surgeries have been cancelled. Eastern Health is in the process of notifying affected surgery patients.
Outpatient clinic appointments, including chemotherapy and ambulatory clinics are cancelled until further notice and patients are being notified. Patients will be contacted directly by hospital staff to reschedule appointments or be directed to the nearest health care facility where the service is offered.
“We are closely monitoring and assessing the situation at the Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital,” said Pat Coish-Snow, Vice President responsible for acute care services at Eastern Health. “Should select services continue to be cancelled as a result of this incident, we will immediately notify impacted patients who will require their elective procedures to be rescheduled. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience; however, we are committed to return to normal operations as soon as possible.”
Eastern Health says its top priority is to help ensure the safety of its patients, clients, and residents.
"Eastern Health remains committed to provide updates about its facilities and operations during emergency situations, and will be ready to reach out to the community should access to health care become an issue," the press release stated.