A COTTAGE hospital in West Cornwall has been forced to close temporarily after a water main burst.
Water was found to be flooding through the ceiling of the Edward Hain Hospital in St Ives on Thursday night.
Firefighters carried a dozen elderly patients from the building after the electrics were damaged. The patients have now been transferred to the community hospitals at Helston and Camborne/Redruth.
However, Cornwall Primary Care Trust, which runs the hospital and its minor injuries unit in the popular resort, says the incident has forced its closure for the time being.
The cause of the flood will now be investigated and a deep-cleaning operation undertaken before the small cottage hospital is reopened.
Linda Day, hospital manager at the PCT, said Edward Hain would reopen “at the earliest opportunity”.
“The hospital has been closed temporarily while the cause of the burst pipe is fully investigated, repaired and a clean-up operation commences. This will also involve a thorough deep- clean of the hospital.”
While the hospital is closed, patients who require treatment for minor injuries will be redirected to hospitals at Helston, Camborne/Redruth or Truro.