Fire crews pump water out of Hinchingbrooke Hospital after flood

Firefighters had to help clear up a flood at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Firefighters had to help clear up a flood at Hinchingbrooke Hospital - Credit: Archant

Firefighters had to be called after a flood at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in the early hours of today (Thursday) left parts of A and E and other areas under water.

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Circle - Credit: Archant

Two crews from Huntingdon were sent to the hospital at 12.20am and had to pump water out of the front section of the building.

The flood had also affected the electrics which firefighters made safe. They returned to the station just before 2am.

A spokesman for Circle, the company which manages the hospital, stressed patient care was not affected and said an investigation into the cause was underway.

A lot of work is being done at the hospital and contractors were present when the alarm was raised.

“There was a small, contained, clean-water leak last night affecting administrative offices near the Executive site,” added the spokesman.

“No clinical areas were affected and all patient services continued to run as normal. The offices are being cleaned and will be back to full use by the end of the day.”

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Meanwhile, hospital bosses warned of potential disruption to Hinchingbrooke’s phone service at the weekend.

An IT system upgrade planned for Saturday (November 9) means the telephones will be affected between 9 and 10am. A spokesman said: “You may experience some difficulty in contacting us during this period.”