EIGHTEEN patients were transferred from Guisborough Primary Care Hospital at the weekend after workmen detected an underground gas leak.
While the leak was immediately capped off and made safe, the patients – all elderly – were moved to other primary care hospitals in the area including Carter Bequest, Redcar and East Cleveland as there was no heating and hot water supply.
The urgent care centre, which is based in the Guisborough hospital, also had to be closed on Sunday (28 April).
Contractors have been working throughout the weekend and temporary measures are now in place to provide heating and hand-washing facilities to parts of the hospital.
This means the trust’s outpatient clinics and its other services run at the hospital such as radiology and the urgent care centre, will resume as normal today.
However, while work continues to determine the cause of the fault and fix it, which could take up to a week, a decision has been taken not to move patients back until a permanent gas supply is in place.
Divisional manager for community services Mandy Headland said: “In situations like this, which are unforeseeable, our first priority is the safety and welfare of patients and we quickly took the decision to temporarily move them to other hospitals in the area.
“I’d really like to thank all our staff, the contractors and our colleagues at the North East Ambulance Service for pulling together so quickly at the weekend.”
Daily on-site meetings are taking place with NHS Property Services to monitor the current situation and the trust will continue to provide regular updates through its website at www.southtees.nhs.uk and social media networks.