The Accident and Emergency unit at Grantham Hospital has been forced shut after an electrical fire last night.
All appointments scheduled for this morning (Wednesday) have been postponed.
The hospital says nobody was injured in the fire which was caused by a power cut.
“Due to a fire at Grantham hospital on Tuesday evening which caused a power cut, Grantham Accident & Emergency department is currently closed.
To ensure patient safety, ambulances are diverting patients to other A&Es and we are asking patients who need care urgently to call 111 for advice.
All operations and clinics scheduled for Wednesday morning have been postponed. Our staff have been working hard to keep patients safe and to return services back to normal as quickly as possible. No was injured in the fire”.
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Hundreds of people were locked out of a public meeting tonight called to discuss controversial changes to hospital services in Huddersfield.
Angry crowds chanted "Let us in" as they gathered outside the John Smith Stadium. They fear the town's hospital could lose its accident and emergency department if proposed changes go ahead. Chris Kiddey reports.
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More than five hundred people packed into public meeting to discuss the possible loss of accident and emergency facilities at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary - with several hundred more forced to wait outside as there wasn't enough room for them all.
Experts are recommending that Accident and Emergency provision be transferred from the town's Royal infirmary to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax. Opponents say the extra travel time will cost lives. But clinicians say the changes will lead to a better service overall.
The first patients have been recruited for a ground-breaking healthcare project aimed at finding out more about the genetic causes of different medical conditions.
The 100,000 Genomes Project launched in 2012, with the aim of decoding the DNA sequences of 100,000 genomes from people who have a rare disease or condition, their families, and people with cancer.
Donna Proctor, a 49-year-old domestic supervisor at Seacroft Hospital, became the first person to provide a blood sample for the Yorkshire & Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, as she is being investigated for a rare disease which results in an inherited predisposition to cancer.
“This could make all the difference for people in the future if it helps researchers find different treatments or cures for cancers. I think it is a really positive thing to do and I would encourage everyone who is eligible to take part if they can.”
Dr Julian Adlard, Consultant at the Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added:
“Identifying the genetic changes that may cause diseases will help us to gain better understanding of the disease and, as a result, develop potential new life-saving treatments.”
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