Public Service Advisory: Cooling system issues at Halifax Infirmary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HALIFAX, N.S. One of the two chillers at the Halifax Infirmary building of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has failed. A rental unit will be delivered and installed next week.

In the meantime, to ensure appropriate cooling to priority clinical areas, including operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs and diagnostic imaging, we have had to reduce cooling to many other areas in the building.

With the current high temperatures outside, we are experiencing an overall increase in usual temperature throughout much of the building.

We apologize for the inconvenience to patients, families and staff during uncomfortable conditions and appreciate your understanding.

Areas where cooling has been turned off temporarily include:

• some inpatient units on the east side of the building: 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1 and 8.2;
• retail and clinic areas on the 4th floor;
• cardiology clinics;
• lobbies;
• the Royal Bank Theatre;
• and the Halifax Infirmary cafeteria.

The Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building has a separate chiller system, so its cafeteria seating area remains a cool place for staff or others to rest.

A rental chiller is expected to arrive in the middle of next week, with two to three days required for installation. Full cooling capacity should be restored by end of next week.

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Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344
NSHAMedia@nshealth.ca

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