Manchester hospitals cancelled operations due to water leak

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Manchester Royal Infirmary is one of the hospitals affected

Operations were cancelled at four hospitals in Manchester due to a mains leak affecting the water supply.

The hospitals affected were the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Operations on Monday morning were cancelled after a major leak on Sunday.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said the water supply has been restored and scheduled operations for Monday afternoon will take place.

Those cancelled will be rescheduled as soon as possible, the trust added.

One patient tweeted about the affects on patients, calling it a “shocking situation”.

Prof Cheryl Lenney, director of infection prevention and control for the trust, said: “Our sterile services require a significant amount of water to sterilise instruments, so it’s really important that we knew that the water supply to that department was functioning properly.

“We’ve got the all-clear this morning so our operations will go ahead this afternoon.”

She said on Sunday water tanks “had reached critical levels” and the hospital implemented water-saving actions including using hand washing gel and wipes and asking patients not to flush the toilet for a short time.

Writing on Facebook, Anne Marie O’Toole said: “I was at children’s a & e this evening, the staff were professional, courteous, apologetic and very kind.

“They were extremely busy and stretched during this major incident, but standards never slipped, heartfelt thank you to all I came in contact with.”

United Utilities said it worked urgently through the night to repair a leak on Oxford Road, before a further “smaller scale” leak was found on Monday morning at Moss Lane East.

“We are currently in the process of repairing the main,” a spokesperson said.

He added that none of the hospitals were without water during the repairs.

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