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Water leak forces temporary closure of Thatcham medical centre

Surgery fully re-open this evening

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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01635 886637

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A WATER leak affecting electrics forced the evacuation and temporary closure of a Thatcham medical centre this afternoon (Tues).

One fire engine from Newbury Fire Station was called at around 3.30pm to the Thatcham Medical Practice, in Bath Road, after a water leak in the roof space affected electrics and set off the fire alarm.

Staff and patients had evacuated the building when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters helped staff move boxes of archive materials and provided plastic sheeting to cover computers.

Staff put out buckets, to catch water leaking through the ceiling, whilst waiting for an electrician to arrive.

A plumber was already at the scene and capped off a pipe in the loft, to stop the leak.

Staff returned to the premises after the fire alarm had stopped, however the surgery was temporarily closed afterwards.

Firefighters left the scene after half an hour.

A receptionist later confirmed the surgery was fully re-opened for this evenings surgery.

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