Fiona Stanley Hospital alert for more flooding after water pipe drama

July 12th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

As reported in the Sunday Times, Health Minister Kim Hames says he can’t rule out Fiona Stanley Hospital going into partial shutdown again due to flooding.

The just-opened $2 billion hospital was thrown into chaos for the second time in less than three months when one of the 42 water pipe joiners in its hot water system burst.

Hames conceded it was possible the problem would occur again because engineers couldn’t check all of the joints for faults.

The “manufacturing fault” forced ambulance diversions and surgery cancellations.

Ambulance diversions were also in place from 6pm on the Saturday and remained until 11am Sunday.

Patients also spent a chilly night without heating or hot water while the “state-of-the-art” facility’s water system was shut down for repairs.

The whole situation is a ticking time bomb.

Any patient going to FSH will be confronted with the reality that at any stage there could be flooding or some other disruption to their care.

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