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Weekend thunderstorms cause hospital ceiling to collapse

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Patients on a hospital ward had to be moved when heavy rain brought down part of a ceiling.

Twenty-seven patients on the cardiology ward at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, Somerset, were transferred after the incident at around 2am on July 19.

Three ceiling panels came down in the hospital’s catheter lab and cardiology ward after the roof sprang a leak.

The patients, who were all unharmed, were taken to other parts of the hospital.

A hospital spokesman said: “At about 2am, in one of the severe heavy storms we had last night across the South West, there was a leak sprung in the roof of the hospital.

“Water got into the roof, causing three of the ceiling panels to come down due to the weight of the water,” he said.

“We had to transfer 27 patients from the cardiology ward to other parts of the hospital. They were not injured but they were inconvenienced and we apologise for that,” he added.

The leak has now been plugged and it is hoped that the patients will soon be able to return to the ward, the spokesman added.

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said an officer attended the hospital at 2.50am to liaise with medics but no further assistance was required.

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