Water leak leads to cancelled surgeries at Fredericton hospital

Dozens of surgeries at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital have been cancelled following a water leak over the weekend.

Nicole Tupper, executive director of the Fredericton hospital, said a plumbing line blockage occurred on the second floor around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tupper said the blockage resulted in an overflow into the sterile supplies area for the operating rooms on Level 1.

"Based on the level of damage, a decision was made to cancel all elective surgeries booked for Monday, affecting 20 patients and an additional 27 patients Tuesday," Tupper said in an emailed statement to our newsroom Tuesday. "We continue to accommodate all emergency surgical cases."

Tupper said a "significant amount" of supplies had to be discarded or reprocessed as a result of the overflow.

"The room is in the process of a complete cleaning and disinfection including ceiling tiles, lights, walls and flooring," she said.

Tupper said the work should be completed by noon Tuesday, with restocking to follow in the afternoon.