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Sprinkler system installation temporarily reduces access to Eriksdale personal care home

July 17, 2020

Installation of a fire sprinkler system at Eriksdale’s E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital and personal care home is progressing according to plan. Excavation preparation is currently underway for the system’s cistern. This work requires the personal care home’s main entrance to be closed temporarily.

Personal care home visitors are being asked to access the building’s north side entrance located beside the back deck outdoor visiting area. People visiting the hospital and clinic are being asked to enter via the emergency department entrance off Railway Avenue. Clinic access is being affected by the kitchen renovation project that is coinciding with the sprinkler system installation.

Construction will affect visitor parking. People visiting the hospital, clinic and personal care home are being asked to park at the Wellness Centre.

“We apologize to community members for the inconvenience we’re causing but we are working as quickly as we can on this installation so that patients, residents, visitors and staff can benefit from the enhanced safety the new system will offer,” said Tom Still, senior project manager with Interlake-Eastern RHA’s capital planning team. “This is a multi-stage project and there are a few elements that affect access. Placement of the cistern is one of them.”

Information on accessing the facility during construction has been shared with patients’ and residents’ family members and key contacts.

Emergency vehicles will still be able to access the personal care home’s main entrance.

The personal care home entrance should be open to public and staff by mid-August if the project proceeds as planned. There will be one more temporary closure of the personal care home’s main entrance in the fall prior to project completion to allow for landscaping and asphalting of the area that had been excavated.

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