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Fire incident at the Cumberland Infirmary

Posted on Thursday 19th November 2015
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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm that there has been a small electrical fire late this afternoon (Thursday 19 November) in the Sterile Services department at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The majority of patients, visitors to the hospital and staff in departments on the lower floors (lower ground and ground) of the hospital were evacuated into other areas within the hospital as a precaution and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service acted very quickly to put the fire out.  Patients and staff on the upper floors of the hospital have not been affected and nobody has been injured.

The A&E department is open, however there are long waits and the Trust would urge people to consider other healthcare options such as calling NHS 111.  

Helen Ray, chief operating officer at the Trust said: “I would like to thank Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, our staff and our PFI partner for their very quick responses. The fire alarm system worked well and our staff followed the appropriate evacuation process. Our staff’s reaction has demonstrated the strong emphasis that we place on fire safety measures in order to protect our patients, staff and visitors.

“We are currently assessing the impact of the fire and I can confirm that unfortunately all non-emergency surgery is postponed tomorrow and patients will be informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”