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Children's hospital "should be fully open next week"

The cause of the water damage is unknown. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says two wards, Ocean and Land, are open to patients and it hopes Sky ward will be open tomorrow. The final patient area, Space, should reopen next week.

Directorate Manager for Child Health, Phil Barry:

"We want to thank all our staff for their fantastic work."

Patients were transferred to the main building after torrential downpours damaged the building. Specialist drainage consultants have been brought in to investigate.

Child patients to return to hospital tomorrow

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.

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Child patients moved after Cardiff hospital flooded

by Megan Boot

Wales' only children's hospital has been evacuated after heavy rain caused significant flooding.

18 patients had to move after water left parts of the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital unsafe.

Patients are expected to move back into parts of the unit in Cardiff within 36 hours.

Health bosses are now investigating how a relatively new building was damaged by rainfall.

Children's Hospital patients to return within 36 hours

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.

18 child patients being treated in main hospital building

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.

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Rain damage closes Cardiff children's hospital

The Children's Hospital for Wales was first opened in 2005, with work on an extension ongoing.

The Children's Hospital for Wales in Cardiff has been closed due to damage caused by heavy rainfall.

18 children being treated there have been moved to other wards at the University Hospital of Wales.

The hospital was closed and patients moved on Monday afternoon.

Nobody was injured.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says it doesn't expect the hospital to reopen before the end of the week, as damage to electrics is examined.

Artwork gives 'different perspective' on young patients

An art exhibition by young patients depicting their experiences of hospital has been described as 'eye-opening' by staff working in the health sector.

Looking at the way the children have expressed themselves through their artwork gives us, as adults and clinicians, a very different perspective on what it’s like to be a young person in hospital.

We hope that this year’s art project has provided our young patients with an opportunity to express themselves through creative work and helped them feel more comfortable at what can be a worrying time in their lives.

– Linda Hughes-Jones, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Children's Commissioner launches hospital art project

Keith Towler will visit Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales to launch the art exhibition Credit: Welsh Assembly Government/PA Wire

Children's Commissioner Keith Towler will today visit Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales to unveil an art exhibition depicting young patients' experiences of hospital.

The youngsters have worked alongside artists from Valley and Vale Community Arts for the project, which is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Many patients have long-term conditions which make them frequent visitors to the children's hospital.

Through the project, they turned to paint and pencils to share their their emotions as they went through treatment.

Linda Hughes-Jones, who works for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and also led the project, said the artwork is 'eye-opening' and has given health workers 'a different perspective' on how it feels to be a young person in hospital.

The artwork will be displayed on the hospital walls, as well as appearing in a short DVD.

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