• United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust closes A&E at Grantham and District Hospital after fire
  • Four major services closed due to resulting power cut
  • All operations and outpatient clinics cancelled for next few days

ACUTE CARE: United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust has had to close four wards after an electrical fire caused a power cut at Grantham and District Hospital on Tuesday evening.

The trust has had to close the coronary care, intensive care and emergency assessment units. The accident and emergency department was closed following the incident and but reopened on Wednesday for non-urgent conditions only. Full A&E services will not resume until power has been restored to both the coronary and intensive care wards.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Patients requiring emergency care will be sent to Nottingham University Hospitals

Patients requiring serious emergency care will be taken to A&E at two other United Lincolnshire sites, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust or Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

HSJ understands that 30 patients have been moved to other areas of the hospital. It has not been confirmed when these patients will be moved back.

All operations and outpatient clinics for Thursday have been cancelled. The trust has said it hopes to resume normal service within the next few days.

Trust medical director Suneil Kapadia said: “I’m pleased to say that for non-urgent conditions Grantham A&E has reopened.

“Four wards including the coronary care and intensive care units remain affected by the power cut. Until the CCU and ICU have power, a full A&E service cannot be provided. The most serious patients who may require CCU and ICU will be taken by ambulance to A&E departments in other hospitals.

“Staff are working through the night to get these wards open as soon as possible. We hope to resume normal services in the next few days.”

 

Update: 22 April

The trust is now running a full A&E service and all elective operations and out patient clinics have been resumed. The ambulance divert has also been lifted.

The coronary care, intensive care, breast and emergency assement units remain closed.