Water damage from a flood in December has temporarily shuttered the medical imaging department at Royal Inland Hospital and may hinder procedures until spring.
A burst water line on Dec. 23 led to damage to an X-ray machine and CT scanner that could not be repaired. Replacement machines have been ordered, but they are not expected to arrive until March.
Kim Perris, Interior Health’s medical imaging director for Thompson-Cariboo, said patients who are willing to travel can also be booked at hospitals in Salmon Arm and Vernon, which Perris said is helping to alleviate the pressure at RIH.
Due to the flooding on Dec. 23, RIH was forced to close one CT scanner, two x-ray rooms and a radiography suite. Perris said that meant CT services were operating at a reduced capacity, along with some other select procedures, and were being performed in another radiology suite.
As of Jan. 17, two of the three X-ray machines were back in operation and one CT scanner was operating at a reduced capacity.
According to Perris, emergency services for priority in-patients will be communicated with primary-care practitioners. Meanwhile, outpatients who need X-rays for chest, knee and spine will be referred to one of the two private X-ray clinics in Kamloops.