Transfer Switch Blamed for UHNBC Power Troubles
Prince George, B.C.- Power irregularities at the University Hospital of Northern BC which forced the cancellation of all elective surgeries today, may have been caused by a faulty transfer switch.
The switch enables the hospital to move from BC Hydro as a power source, to its own generator. In a statement issued this afternoon , Northern Health says the generator system is tested on a monthly basis “to find issues such as this to avoid them happening during an emergency situation.”
Northern Health is working on a time line to replace the switch.
In the meantime, as reported earlier, elective surgeries have been cancelled for the day, and the latest update from Northern Health is that it is believed “services will be available again tomorrow.”
The emergency room is open, but again, Northern Health asks that people who do not have an emergency avoid the hospital today.
Also impacted by the power irregularities are the Northern Health websites. Updates will be available on facebook (Northern Health) and on Twitter (@Northern_Health)