A second water damage in a week at the Saint-Jérôme Hospital

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A second water damage in a week at the Saint-Jérôme Hospital

Water damage that occurred Thursday morning disrupts activities in the microbiology laboratory.

Equipment hit by a flooding.

According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, a second water damage in a few days occurred at the largest hospital center in the Laurentians on Thursday morning.

Part of the microbiology lab was hit on the first floor of block D.

This is the only room where you can research fungi [fungy], tells us a member of staff.

It's catastrophic, because we have to close because of the risk of mold contamination […] and all the Laurentian mushroom tests are done in Saint-Jérôme, adds our source.

The room would be closed for a week and other laboratories in Laval and Joliette would have been solicited.

A spokesperson for the CISSS des Laurentides explains that work on the roof led to other work on the chilled water piping […] and a deficiency relating to the insulation of the said piping, with the heat of the days, had the effect of producing more condensation than normal.

We are doing everything in our power to ensure that this does not cause any impact on laboratory services, but we will be better able to confirm it tomorrow (Friday), wrote Hugo Morissette.

On Monday evening, a major water leak had disrupted intensive care at the hospital. An intubated patient was reportedly quickly evacuated from his room where more than two centimeters of water would have accumulated.

The west wing of the intensive care unit affected by the leak water had been renovated in 2020.

A “dike” erected in a corridor.

Saint-Jérôme Hospital is one of the establishments in the Laurentians where modernization and expansion investments have been expected for many years. A first phase of work worth $450 million is planned by 2030.

According to Marc L'Heureux, President of the Coalition Santé Laurentides (CSL), investments must be accelerated and the works.

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