Flooding at Furness Inpatient Site

We are dealing with incident after its mental health inpatient site at Dane Garth, on the Furness General Hospital site was flooded this afternoon. 
 
The flooding has been caused by a burst pipe on the third floor of the site.  On the advice of the fire service; all patients and staff have been evacuated from the building.  All patients and staff are safe.
 
On the Dane Garth site are two inpatient units – Dova, a 20 bedded unit for adults with acute mental health needs and Ramsey, a 15 bedded unit for older adults with illnesses such as dementia.  Staff office space also been affected.
 
Dr Andy Brittlebank, Medical Director for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “All of the beds were full at the time of the incident at 3pm today and since then we have been working closely with our partners to find suitable care and treatment for each of them as close to Dane Garth as possible that is suitable for their needs.  The review has been carried out by a senior staff team on site who are liaising with our health partners and families to ensure that this is done in a timely manner.   Patients have been or are being transferred to Furness General Hospital, a local nursing home and other inpatient sites across the County including Carlisle and Whitehaven, supported by our staff.   We have been in contact with the families of patients affected to make them aware of the situation and let them know what care package we are putting in place for their loved ones.  
 
Because of the incident, we are now closed to mental health inpatient admissions.  We will still be assessing urgent cases for admission and liaising with our colleagues out of County if a bed is required.  
 
We have already experienced a huge amount of support from our staff and our partner organisations at Morecambe Bay Hospitals, North Cumbria Acute Hospitals, and North West Ambulance Service and would like to thank them for their support.”
 
The duration of the disruption is currently unclear as we are waiting for specialists to assess the damage so that we can establish a timescale to safely re-occupy the premises.
 
Further updates will be provided tomorrow lunchtime.