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Power failure causes Royal Free hospital to close A&E

PUBLISHED: 13:02 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:53 07 September 2010

THE second power failure in a matter of months has forced the Royal Free hospital to close its A&E department this morning. Ambulances were diverted away from Pond Street after the hospital declared a major internal incident after the power cut out at a

A second power failure in a matter of months forced the Royal Free hospital to close its A&E department today.

Ambulances were diverted away from Pond Street after the hospital declared "a major internal incident" following the power cut, which lasted from 9am to 3.30pm. Patients were taken to the A&E at the Whittington Hospital instead which is under threat of closure.

The Royal Free released a statement earlier today which said it was running on an emergency generator.

All non-emergency surgery and out-patients' appointments were cancelled.

It is the second time in recent months that the hospital has had to take emergency measures after experiencing a similar power failure just before Christmas.

Hundreds of patients were turned away and 65 operations had to be cancelled after the electrical glitch on Monday December 21.

For the full story see the Ham&High on Thursday (April 8).


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