Extended timeline for restoration of Quinte 5 Medicine Unit at Belleville General Hospital

Now that we have all the information and assessments of the work required on Quinte 5 – including a more accurate timeline for the tasks involved with the cleanup and restoration - the estimated timeline until the unit reopens is 8 weeks.   The goal is to have the unit reopened the week of July 9.

Beyond the destruction of the Quinte 5 kitchenette where the small electrical fire was contained, the smoke has permeated deep into materials and devices throughout the unit.  The smoke damage is more extensive than originally thought.  More time is needed to restore the unit to ensure a safe environment for our patients and staff. 

Work being done includes:

  • demolition/rebuilding of kitchenette and adjacent affected areas
  • replacement of ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures
  • cleaning and insulating all duct work
  • cleaning/neutralizing, wrapping and storing of all patient care equipment
  • deep cleaning of electronic equipment
  • patching and painting throughout entire unit

“We appreciate the remarkable team effort it’s taken to relocate the medicine beds to various units at BGH and also at PECMH and TMH during the closure,” says Mary Clare Egberts, President and CEO, Quinte Health Care.   “We are extremely grateful to the Quinte 5 staff and physicians for the resiliency and adaptability they have shown, and we continue to be impressed and inspired by all departments for their professionalism and ongoing support.”

There is currently a flurry of work being done on Quinte 5 – hoarding is up, a negative-pressure environment has been created to purify the air, and cleaners are busy sterilizing equipment.

Background:

At approximately 8:40 pm on Tuesday May 8– a fire code was called due to a small, contained electrical fire on Quinte 5 Medicine Unit at Belleville General Hospital.   The Belleville Fire Department and EMS promptly attended to the fire.  No patients were injured.  Approximately 14 staff members were seen in the ED as a precautionary measure and treated for smoke inhalation.

All 44 patients on Quinte 5 medicine unit, 28 patients on Quinte 6 surgical inpatient unit and 8 patients on Quinte 7 maternal/child unit were promptly evacuated by staff, physicians and EMS personnel as part of the hospital’s emergency response procedures.  Patients from Quinte 6 and 7 were able to safely return to their units within approximately 90 minutes.  

Mike Graham, a patient who was on Quinte 5 when the fire broke out shared his experience from Tuesday night: “We heard the alarm go off, then the doors closed and I heard someone say ‘This one’s for real.’   I’m a former police officer and I know smoke can get you pretty quickly. But they didn’t mess around. They rolled my bed out of the room and put me on a plastic sheet. They hustled us out of there so quick. I never felt threatened. I can’t say enough about the staff.   I take my hat off to them. The evacuation was well done and I felt safe.  Their main job was to get us off the floor safely and they did a fantastic job.”

Medicine patients, which would normally be cared for on Quinte 5, will continue to be cared for on various units of QHC hospitals including the oncology clinic space on Sills 4 at BGH, the surgical inpatient unit on Quinte 6 at BGH, and 5 at PECMH and 1 at TMH . 

Inquiries to:

Manager, Communications & Community Relations

Quinte Health Care

(613) 969-7400 ext 2689