Patients returning to Furness Inpatient Unit

Patients are returning the Dova and Ramsey Units on Dane Garth following a flood which evacuated the unit yesterday.   Engineers have now confirmed it is safe for patients to return to the units.  The flooding was caused by a burst pipe on the third floor of the site. 

With great support from our staff and partner organisations, patients were safely accommodated in other care settings appropriate for their needs.  This has included Abbey Meadows nursing home, Furness General Hospital, and other inpatient units in Carlisle and Whitehaven.  We are continuing to work with our partners to safely return patients to Barrow starting today and continuing over the next couple of days.

After a temporary period of closure due to the flooding, we have now re-opened our mental health beds for admission in the north of the county and will review admissions to the south of the county tomorrow morning.  Our crisis resolution and home treatment teams are operating as normal and will continue to assess urgent cases for admission.

Nichola Sanderson, Associate Director of Nursing for mental health explained:

We are sorry for the disruption that this has caused to our patients.   Our priority was to ensure that patients were cared for in a safe environment with the minimal amount of disruption possible.  We have been in close contact with the families of patients affected throughout to make them aware of the situation and would like to thank them for their support and patience.

We are incredibly grateful to our staff and our partner organisations who have worked tirelessly to ensure our patients are supported and safe throughout this incident.  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out over the past couple of days, in particular our staff, staff at Furness General Hospital, North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire Service and North Cumbria Acute Hospitals.

We also must mention Barbara Redshaw from Risedale Estates and the staff at Abbey Meadow, who provided beds for 12 patients and had beds made up and food in the fridges ready for patients when we arrived!


Today (Tuesday 17th November 2015)  we have established that most of the damage occurred to office areas, so while the clinical teams are now back on the site, some office based staff have been relocated elsewhere within Furness General Hospital and we are grateful for the support of our colleagues with this.  It is hoped that the damage will be repaired ready for the staff to return to their offices early next week. 

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.