Hot water floods hospital

North Devon District Hospital found itself in hot water due to flooding yesterday.

NORTH Devon District Hospital’s pathology department was in hot water yesterday after a faulty valve leaked.

Fire crews attended the scene at approximately 2pm and helped staff during a 40-minute attempt to stop the flooding.

The valve was located in the pathology department but a hospital spokesman clarified that the damage was minimal.

He said: “A faulty water isolation valve located in the pharmacy department at NDDH caused a water leak which also affected the pathology and medical records departments.


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“No one was hurt in this incident and there was no detrimental effect to patients or services. Most of the water damage was confined to office equipment.”

“The quick reaction of staff and prompt and professional response of the Devon Fire and Rescue Service ensured the leak was contained and the NDDH site was running as normal within 45 minutes of the incident occurring.

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“The faulty valve has now been repaired and our facilities teams are working with staff in the relevant areas to complete a full clear up and assessment of any damage caused.”

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