Highlands & Islands

Power cuts affect Fort William's Belford hospital

A hospital's accident and emergency department has been hit by a series of power cuts, NHS Highland has confirmed.

The health board said patient care at Fort William's Belford hospital was not affected.

Faulty electrical switches caused cuts on 28 September, 3, 9 and 10 October. Power was restored within 15 minutes.

On one occasion portable lighting was used in accident and emergency for a few minutes as a patient was waiting to be airlifted for treatment in Glasgow.

NHS Highland said the treatment of patients was not affected because of robust contingency plans that saw work transferred to the hospital's theatre and high dependency unit.

The health board believes the electrical problems have been resolved, but further rewiring will be done to ensure there is a more permanent solution.

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