Wiltshire

Wiltshire GP surgery flooded by burst pipe

Patients at a Wiltshire GP surgery have been asked to travel to another town to see a doctor after the building flooded over Christmas.

A water main in the loft at Upavon Surgery, in Fairfield, burst, bringing down ceilings in the consulting rooms, waiting rooms and pharmacy.

Staff discovered the flooding when they returned to work on Wednesday.

Patients are being asked to visit a surgery in Durrington until a temporary surgery is set up.

Practice manager Anna Morton said they had applied for emergency planning permission to put up portable buildings.

She said: "Wiltshire Council have been very helpful. We are able to put up Portakabins with specialised GP consulting rooms and reception areas.

"We are just speaking with the insurance company later today to sort out plans and find out if they're in agreement with that and, should they be, we will be going ahead as soon as possible."

Charlotte Redgrave, the first member of staff to discover the flooding, said: "As I put my key in and opened the door I just heard what sounded like a monsoon or something. It was horrific.

"I looked up at the ceiling and I could just about see the gaping hole and all this water was just all over the floor."

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