Major Incident Resolved at Southampton Hospital

28 November 2018, 17:33 | Updated: 28 November 2018, 17:37

A cable fault which caused a power cut at Southampton General Hospital has now been fixed and emergency and trauma surgery has resumed.

Ambulances had to be diverted to other hospitals this morning including the Royal Hants County in Winchester and North Hampshire in Basingstoke - the hospital's generator was affected and battery back-up had to be used.

Parts of the hospital were evacuated and non-urgent patients had to be turned away.

A spokesperson for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said:

"As the electrical cable fault which led to a power failure across the trust has been resolved, we have now resumed emergency and trauma surgery and power has been fully restored across Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals.

"Despite this affecting our emergency generator, we were able to keep our inpatients safe through battery back-up of vital equipment and their care remained unaffected throughout.

"However, as non-urgent operations and appointments scheduled for today were cancelled, some patients will now face delays in receiving their scheduled care with us but we aim to ensure they are rearranged as quickly as possible with prioritisation given based on clinical need.

"We would like to thank patients and relatives for their understanding and our partner organisations and neighbouring hospitals who provided excellent support to manage the increased pressures on our services.

"Above all we would like to say a special thanks to our staff who handled the situation calmly and with complete professionalism at all times to ensure our patients received the highest standards of care in difficult circumstances."