Rain closes children's hospital

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.

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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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