Some Manchester VA patients being diverted to other facilities following pipe break
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MANCHESTER — Patients with scheduled appointments are being notified by officials to reschedule their visits following Wednesday's water emergency at the Manchester Veterans Administration Hospital.
Approximately 250 veterans who were scheduled for appointments were impacted by the emergency, caused by a "catastrophic mechanical pipe failure" at about 4 a.m. Officials say the burst pipe caused water damage on the seventh floor down to the second floor.
Interim hospital director Alfred Montoya said parts of the hospital are still open.
"Any veterans who do have an appointment either in primary care, mental health integrated clinic or urgent care need not to worry. Those clinics are actually still open. All those other clinics, you will probably be getting a phone call from out staff today attempting to reschedule that at your earliest convenience."
Montoya said the hospital is operating on a "day-to-day basis."
Montoya said officials were "in the process of working with other medical centers in the region, namely the White River Junction VA Medical Center as well as the Boston Medical Center, CMC and others to see what the capacity is out there to make sure that our veterans to have continued access to care."
"I will tell you there has been no impact whatsoever to the veterans in our community living center," Montoya said.
Contractors are on-scene making initial investigation into the cause of the pipe break.
"Rest assured we're looking at all the mechanical records, we're looking everything regarding this part whatsoever," Montoya said. "Clinic operations for the rest of the week may be hindered."