VANCOUVER - Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid released the following statement on the response to flooding yesterday at Surrey Memorial Hospital due to a damaged water main.
"I would like to thank all the health-care professionals, administrators, contractors and the many others who immediately responded to this emergency. It is because of their quick work and the preparedness of our system that the health and safety of patients was maintained."
"Fraser Health and the BC Ambulance Service have done an excellent job in responding to a difficult situation - co-ordinating with regional health authorities, local police, Surrey Fire Service and others to minimize impacts to patients and their families."
"We understand that the closure of the emergency department can be difficult for local residents, and we thank everyone for their continued patience. Family members can still visit their loved ones, but Fraser Health is encouraging patients who do not require immediate care to go to other nearby emergency departments or walk-in clinics."
"Our ministry will continue to support the efforts of Fraser Health to recover and get back to full operations as soon as possible."
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