Update for employees in Bethune building

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 4:06pm

Employee Health office relocated

Employee Health has been relocated to room 2551 (second floor) in the Veterans’ Memorial Building. As staff do not have access to their files at this time, please expect delays in service.

Attending Physician’s Reports (APRs) can be faxed to:

  • Purdy Building, Nova Scotia Hospital: (902) 461-8073 
  • Veterans’ Memorial Building: (902) 473-2963

Phones restored, VG site, QEII (except Bethune)

  • All reported telephone outages at the VG site (other than the Bethune Building) are now restored. 

For Employees Affected by the Bethune Flood

Staff access to flooded areas

We are in the process of moving from cleanup to restoration of flooded areas. Restoration will turn flooded areas into a construction zone with large equipment, workers, cords, etc. After today (Friday, November 16), staff will not be allowed into areas being restored.

Relocation plan

Approximately 50 more offices have been identified as needing to be vacated. This has delayed the relocation plan as we work to ensure that all operational needs are met. We ask for your patience as we work through these challenges. We hope to finalize the relocation plan by early next week.

Phone Service

  • Managers of affected areas are asked to send a list of employees affected, their office numbers and their cell numbers to voice.services@cdha.nshealth.ca.
  • Voicemail messages can always be retrieved from any phone, even at home. Call (902) 473-8000; you will be prompted for your mailbox number which is your seven-digit phone number (473-xxxx) plus # and then enter your password plus #.

Cost centre for flood-related expenses

A  cost centre has been established to capture expenses incurred as a direct result of the flooding. Any costs charged to this cost centre will need approval; please email Karen MacRury-Sweet and Erin Graham, District Emergency Operations Centre (deoc@cdha.nshealth.ca).

For Employees Working in Unaffected Areas of Bethune Building

Air quality testing

Air quality testing to date shows that there is no health risk. Testing will continue to ensure a safe environment for physicians and staff.


If you are experiencing illness you believe to be associated with odours and air quality, please tell your manager and call (902) 473-SAFE (7233).

Reporting water damage

If you happen to be in the building, please be mindful that water may still be leaking or pooling in areas. If you see this occurring, please call the Engineering Services work order desk at (902) 473-2006.

Telephone service

  • People working in the Bethune Building in the dry areas whose phones are not working, please email voice.services@cdha.nshealth.ca with your name, telephone number, floor and room number (even if you reported this outage previously).  As Bell Aliant begins to reconnect Bethune users, some phones will work but others will need extra attention.
  • Bell Aliant has replaced the main cable to the Bethune; it is currently working to ready the cable to restore service to the dry areas. 

More information

We will continue to provide information as it becomes available through email, by pre-recorded phone messaging at (902) 473-5999 and on the public website.