Cardiff and Vale University Health Board can confirm that, following water ingress as a result of yesterday’s torrential rain, the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales has been temporarily evacuated while the extent of the damage, particularly to the Hospital’s electrics, is assessed.

All patients have been safely moved to the main University Hospital of Wales building and are being cared for by Children’s Hospital staff. The Health Board’s estates team is currently on site and staff and children will return to the site once it is deemed safe for them to do so.

Clinical Board Director for Children and Women’s services, Dr George Findlay, said Health Board staff had worked tirelessly throughout Monday afternoon to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their young patients.

“Our teams were superb in swiftly moving children out of the affected areas and identifying safe and appropriate areas within the main hospital as temporary accommodation.

“No-one was injured in the incident and everyone has remained calm, with staff helping patients and their families settle in to their new environments.

“Our estates team is currently assessing the damage but it is likely the Children’s Hospital will be out of action for the remainder of this week.”

Some 20 inpatients have been affected by the problem and have been moved to other child health areas of the hospital. Paediatric emergency and elective inpatient services remain unaffected. The cause of the flooding is currently being investigated.

For the full Press Release from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board please click here

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