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13 August 2013

Some services affected by small fire at South Bristol Community Hospital

All patients and staff are safe and patients are continuing to be cared for following a small fire in the early hours of this morning in the plant room of South Bristol Community Hospital.

The hospital lost power for several hours, but power is now restored to all areas and building services are being restored bit by bit. 

As a result of the fire, the Urgent Care / Minor Injuries Unit run by Bristol Community Health is currently unable to treat patients. Staff will still be available to assess any patients that turn up to the centre, but will then re-direct patients to their GP surgery, Broadmead Walk-in Centre, or A&E, as appropriate. 

Some X-ray investigations and ophthalmic procedures have been moved to the Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Bristol Eye Hospital, but most other activity scheduled to take place at the community hospital today has unfortunately been cancelled. Visiting arrangements for inpatients remain as normal. 

Hospital services and emergency departments in the centre of Bristol are likely to be very busy today as a result of the issues affecting South Bristol Community Hospital. Anyone who is suffering from a life threatening injury or illness should not delay coming to hospital. However if you are suffering from a more minor injury or illness please consider using other services including your local pharmacy.