Great Western Hospitals power cut: Disruption to services to continue 'in the coming days'

Great Western Hospitals, Swindon Credit: ITV News

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon could see disruption on Wednesday 10 July due a power outage which last several hours on Tuesday 9 July.

Dozens of planned operations were postponed.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, the trust said at 3.17pm that its emergency department and urgent treatment centre were also affected by the outage.

It advised patients with a serious medical issue to call NHS 111 or 999, depending on the severity of their condition.

"Planned appointments are currently postponed. If you have a planned appointment at the hospital today, please do not attend and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity to re-arrange. Our switchboard is currently also affected," the trust said.

In at update issued at 8.30pm on Tuesday 9 July, the trust said: "Following a power outage earlier today, power across the Great Western Hospital has been restored.

"We are expecting our Urgent and Emergency Care Services to be very busy in the coming days and are advising patients with serious medical conditions to phone NHS 111 or 999 in an emergency.

"Patients are advised to attend appointments as planned tomorrow (Wednesday 10 July), unless contacted and told otherwise.

"Visitors are welcome to attend the hospital as normal.

"There will be some disruption to our services in the coming days and we are working hard to minimise the impact on patients.

"We apologise to all patients and families affected by this incident."