Smelly Leak at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

Smelly Leak at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

Sheets, mold on the ceiling, bins filled to the brim and high humidity: the corridor leading to the Radiation Oncology Pavilion at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, where patients and staff circulate, smelled terrible this week because of a steam leak from the heating system. The establishment promises that everything will be resolved quickly.

It is one of the users who contacted LeSoleil, comparing the current situation to that of a hospital in a “third world country”. Friday morning, one tank was still in place in the narrow corridor that provides access to the Carlton-Auger flag from the main entrance.

Yellow fabric leaked water from the ailing ceiling. Many patches of brown mold and pieces of tape were visible on the ceiling while a bin was installed in the middle of the corridor to collect the leak. Patients and workers still used the passage, which remained available during the week.

The spokesperson for the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Geneviève Dupuis, explained that the problem was said Monday. But with this week’s low temperatures, it was inconceivable to stop the heating system to perform the necessary work. They were to begin Friday night after the last scheduled appointments with patients.

“There’s nothing dangerous,” assured Mme Dupuis, though she agreed that the scene was not particularly pleasing to the eye. Moisture odor is not disturbing, since everything was ventilated with a large fan, she said.

The spokesperson also assured that the advanced age of Hôtel-Dieu is not involved, since this kind of incident can occur both in old and new buildings. No renovation is planned in the area, since care in radiation oncology are part of the new project of the Enfant-Jésus.

Repairs are considered merely “asset maintenance”, added Mme Dupuis, saying that $3 to $4 million is invested annually for this type of work. Furthermore, the proposed mega-hospital l’Enfant-Jésus is “going well”, while the stage of functional and technical plans starts says Geneviève Dupuis.

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