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UPDATE - FLOODING CAUSES SOME APPOINTMENTS TO BE POSTPONED

Milton Keynes University Hospital have had to postpone a small number of planned operations and appointments scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday 29 May) due to flooding affecting large parts of the site.

All patients affected by the postponements are being contacted by telephone today as hospital staff continue to conduct an extensive clean-up to minimise the impact on hospital services. 

If you have a scheduled appointment at the hospital tomorrow and have not heard from hospital staff to inform you otherwise, please continue as normal with your visit. 

Multiple parts of the hospital site have been affected by flood water, caused by heavy rain yesterday. Areas particularly affected include the emergency department, radiology (imaging) department, treatment centre and IT server rooms. 

Water has been ankle-deep in places and the hospital had to divert ambulances away from its Emergency Department for a short while overnight. 

A number of agencies, including South Central Ambulance Service, Fire Service and Milton Keynes Council assisted the hospital throughout the night and hospital staff have been working round the clock to ensure that essential services at the hospital continue to operate as usual. 

Chief Executive Joe Harrison, said: “I would like to thank staff for keeping the hospital running as close to normal as possible whilst dealing with flooding overnight. 

 “Clinical, operational and support teams - including the estates and domestic teams - continue to work incredibly hard to manage this situation and ensure patient care and services continue to be provided safely. 

“Our priority today will be cleaning up the flood water and ensuring the site is safe and functional in all areas affected.

“If you are visiting the site today please take particular care and allow additional time as corridors and departments may be closed or partially closed for cleaning. There will be parts of the site that remain water-logged so please take extra care in when walking in and around the hospital.

"We sincerely apologise to any patients whose appointments have been affected by the flooding. We will endeavour to keep any disruptions to services to a minimum." 

 Further updates will be issued on the hospital website www.mkhospital.nhs.uk