Burst water pipe forces hospital closure


AXMINSTER Community Hospital has been temporarily closed because of a burst water main pipe in the cellar.

The hospital was forced to close this morning and is expected to stay shut for the rest of the week.

A spokesperson for Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust said: “The flooding has caused some infrastructure damage, which has affected the hospital’s IT services and electricity supply.

“As a result, services at the hospital have been temporarily suspended.

“Staff have been working on site this morning to resolve the situation as quickly as possible, with support from Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and other partner agencies.”

Firefighters were in attendance to pump out the water.

The spokesperson added: “Many outpatient clinics have already been rearranged at neighbouring community hospitals.

“However, some appointments have regrettably been cancelled this week.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to patients during this time.

“If you have an appointment at Axminster Community Hospital this week, you will be contacted by a member of staff to rearrange your appointment as soon as possible.”


Chief Reporter | Started his working life on a farm before becoming a screen printer, both in Sweden. Had another career change and turned to journalism in the mid1990s. Enjoyed an internship with Alexandria Gazette Packet, Va, USA, before moving to the UK. Got a job with The Clarion in Yeovil in 1998, but moved to Axminster in 2006 and has worked on the East Devon beat since.