FINANCE: A fire that broke out in a newsagent’s stall and caused major damage to Chesterfield Royal Hospital is likely to cost several million pounds, NHS officials have confirmed.

The trust which runs Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire praised the efforts of staff to minimise the impact of last Saturday’s fire, which forced the closure of the accident and emergency department and caused considerable damage to the main entrance as well as specialist clinics.

Patients were evacuated from part of the building in Calow, Chesterfield, to hospitals in Sheffield, Rotherham, Mansfield and Derby, as the flames took hold at about 9.20pm.

More than 50 firefighters and 10 appliances were called to the scene as crews used an aerial platform, water jets and thermal imaging cameras to tackle the fire, caused by an electrical fault.

The chief executive of Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust, Eric Morton, said: “It is a testament to staff that we are up and running less than 48 hours after this tragic event.

“They have worked incredibly hard to ensure temporary facilities are in place, so that patient care is affected as little as possible.

“We know that there will be some inconvenience, but we are certain patients appreciate that we are operating under very difficult circumstances.

“The Royal is very resilient and our attitude from the start was ‘It’s happened, now let’s sort it’.”