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Some surgeries cancelled at Health Sciences Centre after sprinkler line bursts in O.R.

Some surgeries at the Health Sciences Centre have been cancelled on Thursday after a sprinkler line froze and burst in the main operating room area. (Paul Daly/CBC - image credit)
Some surgeries at the Health Sciences Centre have been cancelled on Thursday after a sprinkler line froze and burst in the main operating room area. (Paul Daly/CBC - image credit)

Newfoundland and Labrador's health authority says a sprinkler has caused water damage in the main operating room of the province's largest hospital, causing some surgeries to be cancelled on Thursday.

N.L. Health Services sent a news release just after 7:30 a.m., saying only those patients affected will be contacted to reschedule their surgeries. Other procedures will proceed as normal.

The problem was caused by a frozen sprinkler line. The province has been dealing with freezing temperatures since Wednesday, when the wind chill in St. John's dipped below a frigid -30C.

"NL Health Services apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause," the release says.