UNC Medical Center temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to water main break

UNC Medical Center is temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to the OWASA water main break. Additionally, we are not accepting transfer patients. Trauma patients are currently being redirected to other facilities in the area.

UNC Medical Center temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to water main break click to enlarge This photo of the water main break on Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro was posted on Twitter by the Town of Carrboro (@CarrboroTownGov).

2 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 5, 2018

Due to the OWASA water main break in Carrboro, the UNC Medical Center is currently operating under established contingency plans for this type of scenario. 

UNC Medical Center is temporarily suspending elective surgeries due to the water shortage.  Additionally, we are not accepting transfer patients. Trauma patients are currently being redirected to other facilities in the area.

The facility is bringing in bottled water for use by patients and staff.  We are directing, patients, guests, and employees at UNC Medical Center and our outpatient clinics served by OWASA not to drink tap water or use it for hygiene.

Until further notice, Medical Center staff are directed to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer to perform hand hygiene and continue to conserve water for direct patient care. 

We are already receiving water shipments for situations where water is needed for hand hygiene, and we also are working to set up as many portable handwashing stations as possible. 

VISITORS:  Members of the Chapel Hill community should not come to the hospital to use toilet facilities there. They are closed to the public temporarily.  Routine visitation is discouraged during this period. Visitation with Medical Center patients will be limited until full water service is restored.  

Further details will be provided as they become available.

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