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Operation mop up at hospital

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

STAFF at an Ipswich Hospital unit were today carrying out a clean up operation rather than a medical one.

The Foxhall Day Surgery Unit was badly hit and although every patient was seen as scheduled yesterday the flooded operating theatre needed to be deep cleaned and made sterile again today.

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STAFF at an Ipswich Hospital unit were today carrying out a clean up operation rather than a medical one.

The Foxhall Day Surgery Unit was badly hit and although every patient was seen as scheduled yesterday the flooded operating theatre needed to be deep cleaned and made sterile again today.

Staff had to telephone round all patients due to be seen today and cancel their operations.

Hospital spokeswoman Jan Rowsell said that staff were working as hard as they could.

She said: "Everyone has been working very hard to clean up.

"It needs a very deep clean and we are hoping that the unit will be back in use by Monday."

As the rain lashed down yesterday staff spent the afternoon bailing out corridors and moving vital medical equipment so it didn't get waterlogged.

It was a case of all hands to the pump, but as fast as staff mopped up the floods, more water poured into the building.

Ms Rowsell said a number of leaks had appeared, including a severe leak in the roof of the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

The lower levels of the building and basement were also flooded, as water poured in from the roads outside.

Ms Rowsell said: "The staff have been working extremely hard. Patients are still being treated and there have been no severe leaks in any ward areas.

"The floor of the main entrance at South Reception was very wet because a roof tile came down at the start of the storm. One patient slipped over on the wet floor and was treated in Accident and Emergency but their injuries are not believed to be serious."

The fire service arrived to help staff pump out the basement and bail out bucketfuls of water.

Ms Rowsell added: "Every available member of the facilities staff was valiantly moving around the hospital, tidying up and mopping up."

Huge puddles also formed in the hospital car park, which drivers had to use extreme care to use.


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