Patient hurt in explosion at Bath Royal United Hospital

A hospital patient is being treated for burns after an explosion in an intensive care ward at Bath's Royal United Hospital (RUH).

A statement from the hospital said an oxygen cylinder exploded and there was a "small fire in a single bay".

Staff transferred 12 patients to other wards in the hospital and extra staff were called in to help care for them.

Several RUH staff were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation after the blast on Tuesday night.

The ward is expected to reopen later.

'Scorch marks'

James Scott, the hospital's chief executive, said the patient who sustained injuries was burnt on the leg and was transferred to the regional burns unit at Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol.

Mr Scott said the patient had a "stable night" following the incident.

The 11 patients in intensive care were transferred to other wards.

"There's quite a lot of scorch marks on the wall and the unit is currently closed but we're working hard to get it reopened," Mr Scott added.

A cause for the explosion has not yet been identified.

Avon and Somerset Police said the force, the fire service and the Health and Safety Executive were carrying out a joint investigation.

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