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Swansea hospital ward closed for three months following fire

Credit: Graham Lucas

A cancer ward in Swansea's Singleton Hospital will remain closed for up to three months following fire damage.

Patients and staff were evacuated from ward 12 on Monday 25 March after a fire broke out.

ABM University Health Board says all 36 patients on the oncology ward were evacuated safely, as well as staff, and no one was injured.

Credit: Graham Lucas

Following assessment of damage caused, the hospital has now warned the ward could be out of action for up to 12 weeks.

Service Director at the hospital, Jan Worthing, thanked staff for their hard work.

Normal service has resumed in the rest of the hospital today thanks to the hard work of ur staff and we have also been able to accommodate all of our elective work.

– Jan Worthing, Singleton Service Director

An investigation into the fire found no further action is required but the hospital is still feeling a knock on effect.

People are being urged to "think carefully" before travelling to Accident & Emergency Departments in the area.

Andy Macnab from Morriston's Emergency Department said: “We know from experience that our local community can be extremely helpful at times like this and would really appreciate their continued assistance in not using the ED for non-emergency problems.”

We do not currently have the usual level of flexibility to transfer those patients deemed suitable from Morriston to Singleton to free up space.This is having a knock-on effect on patient flow through the Emergency Department (ED).

At the same time we have experienced a surge in attendance in ED particularly from walk-in patients and yesterday saw a higher level of attendance in ED than at any point throughout the winter.

We are urging patients to please think carefully before coming to ED here at Morriston or at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

– Andy Macnab, Associate Unit Medical Director