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Flood-hit hospital moves surgeries for third day after building and electrics damaged

Written by on 27/07/2021

An east London hospital has been forced to stop providing surgeries, cancel some face-to-face outpatient appointments and divert any ambulances away from its A&E for a third day due to damage caused by flooding.

Whipps Cross Hospital was hit by heavy rainfall in the capital on Sunday, which caused damage to parts of the building, the electrical system and a loss of power.

A major incident was declared and around 100 patients were moved to different facilities and part of the roof in the maternity unit was damaged.

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Two London hospitals hit by flooding

On Wednesday Whipps Cross said it was “continuing to experience operational issues”.

Ambulances are still being diverted to other emergency departments. Its A&E remains open for walk-ins but patients requiring urgent treatment have been asked to go to alternative hospitals where possible.

Some people are being contacted for virtual appointments, while others are being seen in alternative buildings.

Whipps Cross is part of Barts Health NHS Trust, which also oversees St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Mile End Hospital and Newham Hospital.

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A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are continuing to experience operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital caused by the heavy rainfall on Sunday. We are working hard to restore services in the affected areas.

“A number of surgical procedures due to take place at Whipps Cross tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July) will now be provided at other hospitals within the Barts Health group. Outpatient appointments will be held virtually or in alternative buildings, where possible. We will be in touch with patients whose appointments are affected.

“We would like to thank patients for their understanding and remind the public to check our visiting arrangements before coming in. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.”

Newham Hospital was affected by the rain as well, with its A&E department flooding in some areas, but is now fully operational.

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Water flows through London shopping centre

Sunday’s heavy rain not only caused damage to hospitals but also to homes, roads, shopping centres and stations in the south of England.

Areas including Hackney Wick, Newham and Barking were affected by the downpours, with videos showing cars driving through deep water and people walking nearly knee-deep at times.

The torrential downpours came after a heatwave last week brought days of record-breaking temperatures.

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There are yellow and amber warnings from the Met Office for thunderstorms and rain over the next couple of days mainly covering many central and northern parts of Scotland.

Outbreaks of rain with heavy downpours are forecast across parts of northern England and central and southern Scotland today.

Heavy rain is also expected across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and showers scattered elsewhere across England and Wales.

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