The new emergency wing of the Kootenay Lake Hospital won’t see patients any time soon as new completion estimates push the opening an additional three months away.
“At this time we think we’re going to be finishing up in the next two to three months, but of course that is contingent on the final inspection,” said Penny Hill, Interior Health’s acute services administrator for Trail and Nelson.
“We at Interior Health really regret that we have experience these ongoing delays… it’s important that we have everything correct and ready and good to go before any of the patients move into the area.”
The emergency wing was initially anticipated for completion in November of 2011.This additional delay could see it not open until May.
Hill said the delay is caused by “areas that still require commissioning,” particularly mechanical systems such as heating.
“I don’t know the exact details I’m afraid.”
Interior Health communications officer, Karl Hardt said any additional costs would be captured by the contact that’s already in place.
“There wouldn’t be any change to the cost with the opening,” he said.
The emergency department is being constructed by Port Moody based Yellowridge Construction and is one of six health care projects the company has worked on.
“I know it’s a frustration for staff and for the community,” said Hill.
“I think it’s important to note that the residents of Nelson and the area still continue to have access to all emergency department services through our existing emergency department.”
Yellowridge Construction was unable to comment on the progress of the project.