Lights out at clinic again

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sapphire Clinic in Merimbula will be closed Wednesday, March 4 due to the second of two planned power outages by Essential Energy in parts of the town’s CBD.

Practice manager, Peter Cumming said that with the power cut scheduled from 9am to 3pm there was just no way the practice could stay open.

Vaccinations will be kept in the fridge at the clinic which will be kept running by the use of a generator.

“We have hired two generators just to be safe. We needed to have a backup just in case one fails, the vaccinations need to stay cold,” Mr Cumming said.

Due to legal obligations the clinic will also use a generator to run their telephone system, fax machine and one of the servers.

Mr Cumming said that while he understood the need for the electrical work to be completed he couldn’t understand why it was done during business hours on a weekday.

“Having to be closed for a full day really affects business and I wonder why they couldn’t have had them on a weekend. But there is nothing we can do,” he said.

The electricity outages are for the relocation of power poles to make way for the new roundabout at the intersection of Reid Street, Merimbula Drive and Sapphire Coast Drive. The work involves the replacement of one electrical pole and the removal of two others, as well as the removal of old conductors and electrical apparatus.

Essential Energy said that areas affected include parts of Merimbula Drive, Sapphire Coast Drive, Park Street, Main Street, Market Street, Reid Street, Wonga Street, Kyeamba Drive, Bronwyn Close, Kalinda Street, Illawong Heights, Kowara Crescent and View Street.

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