Furness General Hospital unit flooded by burst water pipe

Dane Garth mental health unit
Image caption The unit is closed to mental health inpatient admissions

Patients and staff were evacuated from a mental health unit at a hospital in Cumbria after a water pipe burst.

The third floor of the Dane Garth site at Furness General Hospital in Barrow became flooded at 15:00 GMT on Monday.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said on the advice of the fire service, all patients were moved from the the two units which house 35 beds.

The trust said because of the incident, the site was closed to mental health inpatient admissions.

Medical director for the trust, Dr Andy Brittlebank, said: "All of the beds were full at the time of the incident and since then we have been working closely with our partners to find suitable care and treatment for each of them as close to Dane Garth as possible that is suitable for their needs.

"Patients have been or are being transferred to Furness General Hospital, a local nursing home and other inpatient sites across the county including Carlisle and Whitehaven, supported by our staff."

The trust said the timescale of the disruption was "unclear" until the damage had been assessed.

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