UPDATE: A&E and wards remain closed after fire at Grantham Hospital
A&E and other parts of Grantham Hospital remain closed this morning following yesterday evening’s electrical fire.
The fire started at about 6.20pm in the basement of the hospital causing a loss of power.
A&E is likely to remain closed until 4pm today when a review of the situation will be made.
The coronary care ward, emergency assessment unit and the hospice have been closed as a result of the incident. About 30 patients have been moved to other areas in the hospital.
Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Due to a fire at Grantham hospital on Tuesday evening which caused a power cut, Grantham Accident & Emergency department is currently closed. To ensure patient safety, ambulances are diverting patients to other A&Es and we are asking patients who need care urgently to call 111 for advice.
“All operations and clinics scheduled for Wednesday morning have been postponed. Our staff have been working hard to keep patients safe and to return services back to normal as quickly as possible. No was injured in the fire.”
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said four crews had been dealing with the fire. Nobody has been reported hurt. Two crews from Grantham, one from Corby Glen and one from Brant Broughton attended.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera to locate the fire in an electrical switch system. Crews used fans to remove smoke from the hospital and help to move patients.
The trust says there is likely to be a knock-on effect on other services at the hospital. Anybody due to undergo an operation in the next few days is asked to call 01476 464861 for further information.
Michelle Rhodes, ULHT Director of Nursing, tweeted: “Small fire, issue is that electricity and phone lines down in several areas. All under control, lots of staff in ensuring patients are safe. Full divert away from the site.”