A fire broke out in the coronary care unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital this morning (Thurs), after overnight flooding in the hospital's basement affected electrical and water supplies to several areas of the hospital.
In a further statement released later this afternoon (Thurs) Mary Sherry, Chief Operating Officer for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"Due to a water leak that occurred in the early hours of this morning we lost power in Battle and North Block of the hospital, which also resulted in some loss of water supply. Areas affected included our elderly care wards, critical care unit, stroke unit and some outpatient areas.
“We can confirm that the water supply is back to normal and power is being restored gradually in North Block and Battle Block, however, we would ask for visitors generally to be aware that there are parts of these areas that are darker than usual and to be mindful when walking through.
"This morning we also experienced a small fire, due to the overheating of an uninterruptable power supply located in a cabinet on the Coronary Care Unit. The fire was immediately contained and put out. The fire did not pose a serious risk to patients or staff; however as a precaution patients were safely moved to Loddon Ward and the gym from the Coronary Care Unit and neighbouring Whitley Ward. The affected area is being ventilated and will be cleaned and made ready for patients to return shortly.
"The safety and care of our patients is our upmost priority and patients are continually being assessed and managed appropriately on the wards.
"No operations have been cancelled and we are not closed to visitors or patients.”
Firefighters from Whitley Wood Fire Station in Reading were at the hospital overnight, after flooding in Redlands Road affected the basement area of the hospital, and also plant in the basement.
The main electrical intake was flooded, according to firefighters, who remained at the scene this morning (Thurs).
UPDATE 5.45PM THURS:
In a further statement, Mary Sherry, Chief Operating Officer for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said:
"Currently, we now have full power on North Block, with remaining power issues on Battle Block, which will be managed through the evening and in to tomorrow if necessary to ensure patient safety and care is not compromised.
"Patients on Whitley Ward impacted by the smoke from the isolated fire earlier today have now been returned to their ward. Patients from the Coronary Care Unit, will remain on the Lodden Ward, till tomorrow whilst clinical cleaning takes place and the area is ventilated to ensure the safe return of patients.
"The situation will be constantly reviewed over the next 24 hours with our top priority being the safety and care of our patients and staff."