Concord emergency room accepting patients again after ‘sewer’ issue

  • Emergency ambulance File photo

Monitor staff
Published: 12/18/2019 2:49:14 PM

Five emergency room patients were diverted from Concord Hospital to other local medical centers Wednesday after a clogged drain caused a “sewer back-up and water drainage issue,” hospital officials said.

Concord Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Dearborn said the back-up began around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Crews were called on-site soon after to evaluate the situation and assist with repair, Dearborn said.

As of 1:30 p.m., all issues had been addressed and Concord Hospital was able to resume accepting emergency patients. 

Dearborn could not say to which emergency department the five patients were diverted since the decision is made by emergency services, not the hospital.

The nearest emergency facilities are Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, 18 miles away, and Franklin Regional Hospital in Franklin, 22 miles away. Franklin does not have a trauma center and cannot accommodate severe emergency cases. 

No hospital patients were moved or relocated, Dearborn said. 

Areas impacted by the sewer issue were Building B and areas in Building B East, where patient rooms, the hospital’s cafeteria, catheterization suite, pharmacy and some operating rooms are located. 

Patients scheduled for procedures in any of those areas Wednesday were contacted about postponing or rescheduling their visit, Dearborn said.

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