Upgrade requires short power shutdown at the Northern Haida Gwaii hospital

  • Oct. 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

submitted by Northern Health–The Northern Haida Gwaii General Hospital between Masset and Old Massett will experience a short controlled power shutdown at the facility to upgrade the backup generator. The upgrade will help the facility continue to deliver health care services if the main power supply is interrupted. The controlled power shutdown will mean the hospital will not have power for three hours sometime during the November 1 weekend. The exact timing of the controlled power shutdown is unknown as staff will perform the work when it will have the least impact on patients. Northern Health will inform the community once the timing is known.Although exact timing of the controlled power shutdown is unknown, patients are still able to attend the hospital during the weekend. Residents of Haida Gwaii are advised that the following services will still be available during the controlled power shutdown:· BC Ambulance Service at 1-800-461-9911· An ambulance will be stationed at the hospital to attend to patients· Queen Charlotte Islands General Hospital will be available to accept patients that require immediate care· For health care needs residents can also contact HealthLink BC (8-1-1) or visit HealthLinkBC.ca for health information from nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists 24 hours a day, seven days per weekNorthern Health will ensure patient safety and care is top priority during the controlled power shutdown.