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Public Service Announcement

For Immediate Release:

July 12, 2011

University Hospital takes precautionary measures

Surgeries and appointments cancelled

(LONDON, Ontario) – Due to a lack of emergency backup power at London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital, the hospital has cancelled all appointments, surgeries, and non-emergency services until backup power can be restored.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. today a water main failure occurred at University Hospital causing damage to power equipment and a partial loss of backup power. The hospital has 100% normal power.

Please note: the Emergency Department at University Hospital remains open.

Patients will be contacted to have their surgeries and procedures rescheduled.

LHSC will continue to provide updates. We regret any difficulty this situation may cause for patients.

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, a joint research initiative with St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 50 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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Julia Capaldi
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London Health Sciences Centre
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