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Burst pipe cancels cancer clinic appointments at London Hospital

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The London Health Sciences Center on Tuesday canceled all appointments at the London Regional Cancer Program clinic after a burst pipe flooded parts of the facility, causing what the hospital said was significant damage.

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Staff were contacting patients to book appointments at the clinic, the hospital said in a statement early Tuesday. People with clinic appointments who had not left their homes were asked not to attend the London Regional Cancer Program at Victoria Hospital.

“Patients who have chemotherapy or radiotherapy scheduled for August 24 are asked to report to the London Regional Cancer Program at the scheduled time, unless contacted directly by their care team,” the LHSC said. .

“Patients who are already on the way and have traveled a longer distance will be triaged.”

The LHSC said it will take time to fully assess the water damage, but appointments and treatment at the clinic will continue and patients will be notified by their health care team if an appointment you or a treatment is postponed.

The London Regional Cancer Program serves patients from across southwestern Ontario, including Elgin, Oxford, Perth, Huron, Grey, Bruce, Lambton and Chatham-Kent counties. The program sees approximately 8,000 new patients each year.

Flooding is the second major infrastructure problem at LHSC in recent weeks.

The hospital limited outpatient appointments at University Hospital on August 10 after one of its three cooling systems failed. The issue was resolved three days later.