PERFORMANCE: A gas leak at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester has caused services to close today.

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust declared a major incident this afternoon, after a gas leak caused the closure of the hospital’s Florence Portal House, which houses the maternity unit.

The Royal Hampshire’s Burrell Wing, which houses the treatment centre and some administration staff, was also closed.

Some operations have been cancelled and ambulances and women in labour are being redirected to other hospitals.

A statement issued by the trust said the rest of the hospital is currently not affected, and outpatients are advised to attend as normal. Engineers are on site and are working to repair the leak.