Burst Water Pipe Causes Headache at Gulf Coast Medical Center

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A burst water pipe at Gulf Coast Medical Center caused a bit of a headache for emergency room staff Wednesday night.

Hospital officials said it happened around 6:30 p.m. in the security office near the emergency room entrance.

They reported the water spread around 30 to 40 feet into the hospital forcing E.R. staff to move some patients to other rooms.

Gulf Coast also had to shut down its ambulance services for 45 minutes until everything was cleaned up, although officials said fortunately, the services weren't needed during that time frame.

Emergency Room Clinical Manager Scott Pennington said the situation certainly could have been a lot worse.

"We generally have contingency plans for if we have any internal disaster, things that we can do to move patients through the E.R. through other means. We routed the patients to the other entrance from the E.R."

Maintenance crews closed the broken pipe off until it can be repaired Thursday. Hospital officials said at no point were any patients or staff in danger.

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