Sussex

Worthing Hospital operations cancelled in power cut

Outpatient clinics and routine operations were cancelled at a West Sussex hospital when it lost its mains electricity in a power cut.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said Worthing Hospital was running on emergency generators after the power cut at 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

Patients on wards were not affected but emergency admissions were diverted to neighbouring hospitals.

UK Power Networks said power was restored at 11:28 GMT on Friday.

It said a fault on the distribution network initially interrupted supplies to 2,006 customers in Worthing but most were reconnected within one hour.

Avoid calling

Engineers worked throughout the night to restore mains electricity to the hospital, which operated with its own back-up generator.

The NHS trust said it was trying to see as many outpatients as possible but patients and relatives should avoid calling the hospital switchboard.

Anyone whose appointment was cancelled on Friday morning would be contacted to rearrange it as soon as possible.

People with an afternoon appointment should attend as normal, it said.

UK Power Networks said it apologised for the cut in the hospital supply and was investigating the cause.

"We are aware of the impact the incident was having on hospital services and gave incident the utmost priority, keeping in close contact with the hospital to keep them updated," it said in a statement.

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