The Children's Hospital for Wales in Cardiff has been forced to close, after heavy rainfall caused flooding and damage to the building. 18 child patients have been moved to the main hospital building for treatment.
Patients are expected to be moved back into parts of Wales' only children’s hospital by Thursday.
The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales was closed because of water damage yesterday due to torrential rain earlier in the week.
Eighteen children in total were moved to other child health areas.
Phil Barry, Directorate Manager for Child Health, said: “All the staff involved have been fantastic. Our priority has been to provide an environment and safe care to all those affected by the incident."
Work to determine the exact cause and to asses the extent of the damage to the higher floors will continue over the next few days.
Patients are expected to be moved back into parts of the Children's Hospital for Wales within the next 36 hours.
Work to determine the cause of flooding yesterday, and to assess the extent of damage to upper floors, where water has been found in the electrical trunking systems and light fittings, will be continuing over the next few days.
All the staff involved have been fantastic. Our priority has been to provide an environment and safe care to all those affected by the incident. Clinical, estates and operational services staff have been working together to begin putting things right and re-establish care in the Children’s Hospital.
We are now hoping to be able to move the first group of patients back into the Children’s Hospital by Thursday which is a testament to the hard work everyone has put in.
– Phil Barry, Directorate Manager for Child Health
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says services at the hospital have remained in place, and has advised patientsand their families to come to the hospital as normal, unless they are told otherwise.
Dr George Findlay, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board's Clinical Board Director for Children and Women, told ITV News that between six and 12 inches of water had flooded the top two floors of the Children's Hospital for Wales - and some ceiling tiles had come down with the force of the water.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said that "torrential rain" yesterday caused water to enter the Children's Hospital for Wales.
The hospital has been "temporarily evacuated" while the extent of water damage is assessed.
It says 18 patients have been safely moved to child health areas in the main University Hospital of Wales building, and are being cared for by staff from the children's hospital.
Our teams were superb in swiftly moving children out of the affected areas and identifying safe and appropriate areas within the main hospital as temporary accommodation.
No-one was injured in the incident and everyone has remained calm, with staff helping patients and their families settle in to their new environments. Our estates team is currently assessing the damage but it is likely the Children’s Hospital will be out of action for the remainder of this week.
– Dr George Findlay, Clinical Board Director for Children and Women’s services
Paediatric emergency and elective inpatient services have not been affected.
The cause of the flooding is currently being investigated.