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Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Patients flee from fire

Four people needed treatment after a fire which caused the evacuation of dozens of patients from a ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The fire broke out on Saturday morning on the second floor of the hospital, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Three patients were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and one for a minor hand injury.

More than 50 patients had to be moved. Three nearby wards were affected by smoke and water damage.

'Arduous conditions'

About 40 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Visitors to wards 4,5 and 7 are being asked to stay away, while the hospital's accident and emergency department is running a reduced service.

Fire service group manager Neil Boustred said: "Crews tackled the fire within very hot, arduous conditions, confining it to the area of origin, while assisting the hospital staff to evacuate patients."

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: "We have been contacting patients' relatives throughout the morning and ask that, where possible, visitors to the wards affected refrain from coming to the hospital at this point.

"Our A&E department is currently running a reduced service. Please can patients consider all alternative services if they are unwell, such as the minor injury and illnesses unit at Wycombe Hospital, the out-of-hours GP service and their local pharmacist."

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