RVH cancels Monday and Tuesday non-urgent surgeries over cooling system malfunction

Hospital to contact patients directly

All non-urgent surgical procedures were cancelled at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Monday and Tuesday, after a weekend snafu with the hospital’s cooling system.

Early Sunday morning, one of the RVH cooling units malfunctioned, causing an increase in temperature in some of the older areas of the hospital. Out of caution over patient safety, the decision was made to postpone non-urgent procedures. Emergency surgeries were expected to go ahead regardless.

“RVH apologizes for any inconvenience resulting from the cancellation of non-emergency procedures, but patient safety must be our highest priority and we always err on the side of caution,” says Dr. Jeff Tyberg, RVH’s Chief of Staff. “While this situation has impacted RVH’s scheduled surgeries, it’s important to note that there has been no impact on most of RVH’s patients who continue to be cared for as safely and compassionately as always.”

All patients impacted by this are being contacted directly by RVH staff, with procedures to be rescheduled as soon as possible.