North West Wales

Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, staff member 'hit by lightning'

Ysbyty Gwynedd (Pic: Eric Jones)
Image caption Contractors are on site trying to fix the problem

A member of staff at a hospital whose phone network was brought down by a storm was hit by lightning through a window, it is understood.

Phones at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor remain down after the storm on Saturday.

The problem is thought to have been caused by a lightning strike to the main external mast.

It was also reported that lightning went through an open window leaving a worker with a minor injury.

The individual sustained a hand injury and was treated by medical staff immediately before returning to work on Saturday evening.

No patients were injured or harmed during the incident.

'Dedication and commitment'

The storm struck early on Saturday morning and managers say they are working hard to keep services "safe and operational".

As of 18:00 BST on Sunday, the hospital's phone network was still not operating.

Staff and contractors are said to be working around the clock to fix the problem and more staff have been brought in as a contingency.

A spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: "We really appreciate the dedication and commitment shown by so many staff in Ysbyty Gwynedd over the last 24 hours, who have gone the extra mile to make sure patients and services are safe and not disrupted further.

"This includes doctors, nurses, other clinical and support staff including the IT team who have been working throughout the night with the engineers."

Calls from outside the hospital are currently being answered by the switchboard at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan.

There has been no damage to the building and general power supplies are unaffected.

Hospital services are said to be running as normal, including the GP out of hours section.

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