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Cancellations at Whipps Cross Hospital for second day due to flooding

Services at Whipps Cross Hospital have been affected by flooding

Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone has had to cancel operations due to flooding over the weekend.

Work is continuing to clean up the affected areas after heavy rainfall on Sunday, 25 July caused damage to the building and electrical system.

A major incident was called across the Barts Health NHS Trust which saw all planned surgery and outpatient appointments at the hospital cancelled.

Around 100 inpatients from affected wards have been moved to other areas and hospitals.

Ambulances are diverting to alternative hospital emergency departments.

The emergency department and maternity unit at Whipps Cross Hospital remains open for walk-ins but patients requiring urgent treatment are being asked to attend alternative hospitals where possible.

 

A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We are continuing to experience operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital due to the heavy rainfall yesterday.

“We are working hard to clean up affected areas and keeping the situation under constant review.

“We have cancelled planned surgery and outpatient appointments at Whipps Cross for tomorrow (27 July).

“The majority of procedures, including those within maternity, are being provided at other hospitals within the Barts Health group. Outpatient appointments will be held virtually or in alternative buildings, if possible. Affected patients will be contacted by our clinical teams.

“We would like to thank patients for their understanding and remind the public to check our visiting arrangements before coming in. Further updates will be provided as the situation changes.”

Newham Hospital and St Bartholomew’s are fully operational after also suffering some flooding on Sunday.

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