/Hectic week hits Stratford hospital – The Beacon Herald

Hectic week hits Stratford hospital – The Beacon Herald



Stratford General Hospital’s south lobby main entrance, seen here on Thursday February 7, 2019 in Stratford, Ont., will be closed for repairs for the next month, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance officials say. Terry Bridge/Stratford Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network

Terry Bridge / Terry Bridge/The Beacon Herald

It’s been a busy few days at Stratford General Hospital.

First an influenza outbreak was declared in the facility’s medicine unit late last week, then a sprinkler line burst causing a flood. As a result, the south lobby main entrance – the entrance from the courtyard – will be closed for about a month for repairs, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance officials say.

During that time, patients and visitors heading to the east building are encouraged to use parking lot A and the north lobby main entrance from Cambria Street. People coming for weekday outpatient appointments between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. can still use parking lot E and the west building entrance from West Gore Street as usual.

Anne Campbell, the alliance’s chief nursing executive, said Saturday’s flood spread from the vestibule of the now-closed entrance into the lobby.

“That all got cleaned up immediately,” Campbell said Thursday. “Our housekeeping staff are fantastic, they just rise to the occasion each and every time.”

Campbell said the issue was likely caused by rapid change in temperatures. Repair costs were not available Thursday.

As for the flu outbreak, Campbell said there have been no new cases since it was officially declared this past Friday and there were no active cases in the unit as of Thursday.

“We are close to declaring it over, but there’s public health guidelines for that,” she said.

There must be eight days from the onset of the last case, she said. If no new cases are declared by Saturday, it will be over.

“This is very good, generally when you go into outbreak it lasts for a lot longer,” Campbell said. “The staff have done extremely well in containing it.”

Staff has daily meetings to assess the situation and all patients admitted to the unit have been offered the flu shot if they haven’t already had it.

tbridge@postmedia.com