Burst pipe floods wards at Prospect Park Hospital

Prospect Park Hospital
Image caption The hospital said the wards were unlikely to be reopened until next week

Patients and staff were evacuated from two flooded wards at a mental health hospital after a water pipe burst.

Eighteen patients were moved to other wards of Prospect Park Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, while the supply to the pipe was turned off.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said carpets and electrics were damaged overnight on Wednesday.

Tradesmen are being contacted but the wards were not expected to reopen until next week, a spokeswoman said.

She added: "There has not been massive damage but it takes time to get the right people in and wait for things to be ordered and fitted.

"There was never any danger to patients or staff who have all been moved to other parts of the hospital."

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