Power fault at Scunthorpe General Hospital

Patients at a North Lincolnshire hospital are having to travel to a neighbouring district for scans after the discovery of an electrical fault.

All but essential power at Scunthorpe General Hospital had to be shut down while repairs were carried out, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust said.

Patients requiring scans this weekend and next would be transferred to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

The A&E department and wards would "run a normal service", the Trust added.

Four back-up generators would be used while engineers worked on the fault, the trust said.

Nigel Myhill, from North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, said: "We apologise to anyone who experiences any difficulty over the weekends for the inconvenience but assure them that this work is essential.

"A&E and the wards will be running a normal service throughout this time.

"However, although patients may notice some lights are not working, and there will be a restricted menu, we will ensure that patients receive a menu providing all dietary requirements."

The shutdowns would be kept to "the absolute minimum", Mr Myhill added.

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