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
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
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.