BRI critical incident stood down as power restored to Bristol city centre hospitals

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Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) has stood down its 'critical incident' as power is restored to Bristol city centre hospitals.

People were asked not to attend the hospital yesterday after University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust said "a power outage" is affecting its hospitals in Bristol city centre.

The Trust runs multiple sites in the centre of the city including the BRI, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, St Michael's Hospital and Bristol Eye Hospital.

In a statement, interim chief medical officer at UHBW Dr Rebecca Maxwell said: “We have declared a critical incident due to a power outage. We aim to have this fully resolved as soon as possible.

A power outage has sparked a critical incident. Credit: ITV News West Country

"I would like to share with the public that every single patient, visitor and colleagues are safe.

"Our adult emergency department is currently closed to patients but the children's emergency department is open.

"We ask the public not to attend our Bristol city centre hospitals until the incident is resolved and use alternative services in the area.

"We have an emergency power back-up generator that is supplying a lot of power to the hospital and we're bringing more generators in to support that.

"One or two areas in the hospital do not have lights at the moment and one of those is part of the adult emergency department which is closed to new patients."

At 9:18pm Dr Rebecca Maxwell said: "Our adult Emergency Department is now open to urgent walk-in patients. Our Children's Emergency Department remains open to both ambulances and walk-in patients.

"If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999, for any other urgent medical advice please use NHS 111.

"Some of our sites continue to be impacted by the power outage and we are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience."

A spokesperson for the police said the incident is believed to be caused by an electrical fault.

At 10:15am on Saturday 4 May, Dr Rebecca Maxwell, Interim Chief Medical Officer at UHBW said: “Power has now been fully restored to all of our hospitals, and we remain in internal critical incident as we carefully reset and restore our services.

“Our adult Emergency Department is now open to both ambulances and urgent walk-in patients. Our Children’s Emergency Department continues to be open to both ambulances and walk-in patients.

“Patients with appointments should attend as planned unless we have contacted them directly, and we welcome visitors back to our hospitals.

“The safety of our patients and colleagues has been maintained throughout thanks to the amazing efforts of our staff, emergency services and healthcare partners.”

An update on Saturday 4 May at 2:30pm from Dr Rebecca Maxwell, Interim Chief Medical Officer at UHBW said: “Thanks to the amazing efforts of our colleagues, we have made good progress in restoring our services and have now stood down our Internal Critical Incident.

“Our Emergency Departments are open for urgent and emergency patients. Patients with appointments should attend as planned unless we have contacted them directly, and we welcome visitors back to our hospitals.”