Since the temporary closure of services at Port Perry Hospital, one of our top priorities has been restoring and reopening the hospital. Construction experts are working around the clock to do just that, with nearly 80 workers on site every single day.
Our initial focus has been on asbestos removal. This was necessary, to make the site safe, before a full evaluation of the damage could be completed. Our consultants are on site now and their assessment of the area most impacted by the fire is now underway. We expect to receive their full report towards the end of November, which will provide us with a more detailed timeline for reopening.
In the meantime, electrical demolition work continues on site. The roof of Port Perry Hospital has been sealed to ensure it won’t be susceptible to leaks or further damage throughout the winter months. All equipment has been removed, catalogued, and safely stored offsite, while Port Perry Hospital is being restored.
When we consider timelines to reopen Port Perry Hospital, it is important to understand, although it may appear as if there was minimal physical damage caused by the fire, all of the mechanical systems used to operate the hospital were severely impacted. The systems used to power hospitals are much more complex than those used in your home or other buildings, and most of them will need to custom built.
While this construction is expected to be a lengthy process, it gives us the opportunity to complete some upgrades, so, when Port Perry Hospital does reopen, it will be better than ever.
We are committed to keeping the community informed of our progress as we move forward. For regular updates, keep watching this space or visit our website, at www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca.