Updated (24 September at 11am): Yesterday afternoon (23 September), we experienced a water leak within our Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. This occurred within the largely inoperative east side of the building, where an incident occurred earlier this year and which, as a result, has since been under extensive ongoing repairs. The water was isolated within minutes, and the source of the leak was identified and repaired within two hours.
Thankfully, no patients, staff or visitors were harmed during this incident, and colleagues acted with professionalism throughout these challenges. Following investigations by our team, with support from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, we can confirm that the leak was contained to inoperative wards and that there has been no permanent damage to the building.
Initially phonelines were affected, but these have now been restored and our services and clinics are running as normal, with patients encouraged to attend. We apologise for this disruption and thank everyone for their support and consideration during this time.
The area of the building affected by the leak has been mostly out of use since earlier in the year, and we will investigate whether this incident has impacted on our works programme and timeline to bring it back to full functionality.
Finally, we want to thank all colleagues who attended to this incident, many of whom worked long into the night to ensure staff and patients were reassured as well as those who continued to care for our patients.
Updated (23 September at 6pm): This has affected the largely inoperative east side of the building, and Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have attended to ensure the site is secure. Thankfully, no patients, staff or visitors have been harmed during this time.
Works have been ongoing within this building since a similar incident occurred earlier this year, and we are carrying out established contingency plans as appropriate. Phonelines in this area are currently affected, and as such we ask patients to use 01909 572227 for maternity triage.
We will update on our position when our investigations are complete.