Lincolnshire

Grantham hospital faces further disruption after fire

Grantham hospital
Image caption No-one was injured but power and computer systems were hit by the fire on Tuesday evening

A hospital has cancelled operations for a second day after an electrical fire cut power supplies.

Tuesday's small fire at Grantham hospital in Lincolnshire forced the closure of the accident and emergency department.

It reopened at 22:00 BST on Wednesday but four wards, including intensive care units, remain affected.

The hospital said it would only be open for non-urgent conditions.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said more serious cases would be taken to other hospitals in the area.

Director of nursing, Michelle Rhodes, said around a dozen operations had been cancelled but the disruption, whilst regrettable, was necessary.

She said: "Although we are working through the problems, we want to test it to make sure the infrastructure is resilient enough before we have new patients in."

She added if patients were unsure of where to go, they should call the NHS 111 service.

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