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Marsden could admit patients next week

London ’s Royal Marsden Hospital could begin admitting patients again next week, according to its chief nurse.

Fire damage to the world-famous cancer hospital has been less serious than originally thought and chief nurse Shelley Dolan told NT that the ‘firm plan’ was to begin admitting patients again next week.

Thirty-seven inpatients are still being cared for by Royal Marsden staff at the Royal Brompton heart hospital, located a few hundred yards away. Most of the remaining patients evacuated because of the blaze have been discharged.

Shelley Dolan, chief nurse at Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Our firm plan is to open our outpatients from Monday, along with our day care facility.

'We are hoping with that we will be able to move our last patients from the Brompton into our inpatient wards on Monday. Then hopefully at the end of next week we will be able to start admitting patients again to the Royal Marsden.’

A fire swept through the roof and top floor of the hospital on Wednesday afternoon and all staff and patients had to be evacuated.

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