West Middlesex Hospital suffers from weekend power cut

West Middlesex Hospital suffered a power cut on Friday (28 January) which affected some of the hospital’s critical services.

Issuing a statement on the outage on Twitter and Facebook late morning on Friday, the hospital said it was ‘affecting A&E, imaging, urgent treatment centre and theatres’. They added:

‘We’re working with engineers to resolve this issue. Further updates to follow. Unfortunately, outpatient services may be impacted. You’ll be contacted directly with further information’.

Power was restored by 7.20am on Saturday (29 January), which they reported on Twitter: “We’re pleased to update the power outage has been resolved. All services running as normal.”

Chelsea and Westminster Trust, which manages the hospital, would not elaborate on the extent to which services had been impacted when we called them to ask. Were operations cancelled? Was anyone being operated on at the time? What happened?

All hospitals have emergency generators which kick in when there are power cuts so no equipment which is essential to maintaining life loses power. Presumably the back up system worked fine.

The hospital, part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, serves the boroughs of Hounslow, Richmond-upon-Thames, and Ealing. It has over 400 beds.

Medic ‘turned away’ during outage

The Evening Standard reported that a medic had been turned away from a service she was trying to use on Friday due to the outage.

On social media she said:

“Got turned away from the imaging department at my local hospital because they had a power cut”.

A spokesperson for the NHS trust told The Chiswick Calendar:

‘We’re delighted that the power at West-Mid was restored. We are thankful to all our staff who worked tirelessly to resolve the issue.

‘We already updated the general public (check our West Twitter/FB), but will not be commenting any further, as this matter is now resolved.

What happened between 11.46am on Friday and 07.20 – how the staff coped, how many patients had their treatment cancelled or postponed – we are apparently not allowed to know.

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