PERFORMANCE: A fire broke out at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s department of psychiatry in Eastbourne on Monday 5 December.

A trust statement said:“Our staff at the Department of Psychiatry, Eastbourne, worked quickly and with great professionalism to protect the safety of our patients after a fire broke out on Monday evening.”

The trust thanked local fire services for bringing the situation under control and said the police were “investigating the circumstances” surrounding the fire.

The statement added: “Sussex Partnership staff were able to accommodate people from the affected ward elsewhere within the Department of Psychiatry and there were no injuries. Damage was contained to one bay and we hope to be able to move back into the ward later today.”