Car Crashes into Clarenville Hospital
Eastern Health had to cancel elective surgeries and outpatient appointments in Clarenville Tuesday after a car crashed into Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital.
The car crashed through the wall and into the doctors’ lounge at about 10 a.m. There were no injuries to patients, visitors or staff, but there was some smoke and gas fumes on the main floor of the hospital.
Police report that witnesses saw the car drive through the main entrance of the hospital. The RCMP say the driver was a 66-year-old woman from Lethbridge, who was uninjured and conscious after the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
In the interest of patient safety, surgical services were limited to emergencies for the rest of the day.
Eastern Health announced later in the day that operations would return to normal Wednesday morning.
“Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital is considered safe, posing no danger to the public as a result of the accident,” the health authority said in a news release. “However, cleanup will continue over the next few days in efforts to return the impacted areas of the facility to normal.”
All services, clinics, surgeries and appointments will go ahead as previously scheduled, unless patients are otherwise notified. Visitation restrictions remained in place for Tuesday evening only, returning to normal on Wednesday.