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Flooding at Kamloops hospital squeezes appointments

A burst water line is delaying X-ray and CT scan appointments at Royal Inland Hospital.

The water flooded parts of the medical imaging department on Dec. 23, closing access to one CT scanner, two X-ray rooms and a radiography suite, according to Interior Health.

There's no timeline on when the hospital will be back to full capacity, but Interior Health is using what it has available at Royal Inland, while sending some out-patients to private X-ray clinics.

"Our priority is to ensure anyone needing urgent medical imaging receives it in a timely manner," Thompson Cariboo director of medical imaging Kim Perris said in a statement.

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Interior Health will keep practitioners and the public updated when services are fully open again, according to the statement.

"We know delays even for non-urgent imaging impact patients and are frustrating. Our priority is to resume all services as quickly as possible," Perris said.

Perris didn't say whether the imaging department is in the newly-opened Gaglardi Tower.

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The hospital did have issues keeping some departments warm last week during the cold snap, which included the medical imaging department, the emergency department, ambulatory care and level one of the Gaglardi Tower.

The Interior Health statement didn't say whether the hospital's heating system failed, but did say there are some areas still "slightly cooler" due to renovations.

"Work is continuing to bring those temperatures up a bit," Interior Health said.

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