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Iqaluit clinics to move

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, June 25, 2012

Iqaluit public health and family practice clinics will temporarily move to a vacant part of the Qikiqtani General Hospital an environmental assessment found mould and asbestos in the building.

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Lloyd Searcy says a report indicates there are some issues with mould and asbestos. - Jeanne Gagnon/NNSL photo

The assessment done in May and released June 19, by Indoor Air Quality of Ottawa, found mould and asbestos in floor tiles which will need to be removed from Building 155, said Lloyd Searcy, acting executive director of Iqaluit Health Services.

"The report indicates there is some issues with mould in the building and some asbestos," he said. "The asbestos is in floor tiles, that are under the furnace. It's really not an issue as long as you don't disturb it."

He added there have been a number of issues with that building, such as flooding and a leaky roof.

The clinics' 29 staff members will move into the vacant pediatric ward of the hospital during the weekend of June 23 with a goal to be operating in the new location by June 26, said Searcy.

"There is a fair amount of work that need to be done and it's best done when the building is vacant," he said. "The renovations will likely take slightly less than four months so we anticipate folks will be leaving the hospital and going back to Building 155 sometime in early November."

The territorial government is leasing the space at Building 155 from Coman Arctic until March 2014, Searcy said. The GN will be looking at alternatives before the lease expires.

The temporary relocation of the public health and family practice clinics should not interfere with the scheduled renovations of the existing Baffin Regional Hospital wing. The people working in the wing slated for renovation will also move to the vacant pediatric ward of the Qikiqtani General Hospital.

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