NEW DETAILS: Grady Memorial redirects patients to other hospitals next few days

Patients en route to Grady Memorial had to be redirected to other hospitals Saturday afternoon after a water pipe burst on the sixth floor.

Patients en route to Grady Memorial were redirected to other hospitals Saturday afternoon after a water pipe burst on the sixth floor.

In a statement Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said the “total diversion”  likely will last through through midweek as “it is estimated that the water pipe and water damage repairs will take until Wednesday, December 11.”

In a statement earlier in the day, Grady spokeswoman Denise Simpson said the break caused flooding in some patient care areas of the facility.

“The source was immediately identified and crews are on site to address the issue,” Simpson said. “As a result of the split, several patient care rooms are now unusable and patients have been evacuated to other dedicated patient care locations in the hospital.”

“Total diversion” means paramedics are being asked to take patients with emergencies to other hospitals, she said.

In the Saturday night statement, Simpson said, “However, the extent of the damage and steps required to repair the pipe and patient care rooms make it necessary for us to put patient care first and transfer patients to other metro area hospitals. Of the 700 patients currently in the hospital, 150 have been identified for transfer to other facilities.”

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