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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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.

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