Man escorted from roof of ward at Ipswich Hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:15 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 30 August 2017

Ipswich Hospital (stock image). Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Ipswich Hospital (stock image). Picture: PHIL MORLEY


A man has been helped down from the roof of a two-storey ward at Ipswich Hospital.

Emergency services were called to the scene, at the Woodlands Unit’s Poppy Ward, after receiving reports of a man on the roof at around 2.50pm today.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has since confirmed he was escorted off the roof at around 4pm.

He said that one engine from Princes Street had been sent to assist.

Earlier today he said: “It looks like there is a person on the roof of the Woodlands Unit, the Poppy Ward, of Ipswich Hospital.

“Police have been informed.

“There is one adult male on the second storey roof refusing to come down.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “We were called at 2.50pm over concerns for the safety of someone at the hospital.”

The Woodlands Unit is managed by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

A Trust spokeswoman said: “This afternoon an incident occurred at Poppy Ward, Woodlands Unit in Ipswich where a service user gained access to the roof of the building.

“This was managed safely and effectively by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust staff and the Fire Service, with Suffolk Constabulary in attendance.

“The service user came to no harm and co-operated with staff in order to safely return to the ward.”

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