DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Lakeridge Health Port Perry hospital could be closed for almost a year, following a fire late last month that caused extensive damage to the building.
According to a recent press release from Lakeridge Health, hospital operations staff and experts from a variety of fields have been on site, and have found the “electrical, mechanical and environmental systems were heavily damaged.” Lakeridge Health estimates the restoration work could extend into late spring or early summer of 2018. The hospital will not reopen until the restoration work is complete.
“The closure is disappointing to us and the North Durham community, who rely on services close to home,” Lakeridge Health President and CEO Matthew Anderson said in the press release. “Restoring and reopening our Port Perry Hospital is a top priority for Lakeridge Health.”
Until the site reopens, Lakeridge Health says clinical staff and doctors from the hospital “will continue to support patients at other hospitals within [their] regional system.”
The total for fire, smoke and water damages were estimated to be about $10 million, however, Lakeridge Health spokesperson Andrea Piunno stressed that was an estimate from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney.
MPP Granville Anderson told The Standard, there is a possibility the reconstruction work could include upgrades to the hospital.
“For what it’s worth, it is a small consolation, [the hospital’s] going to be better off than going in, better coming out than it was before,” he said.
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