Okehampton hospital ‘flooded’ again

Laura White
Laura White

The Moorlander has learned that part of Okehampton hospital was forced to close last weekend for the second time in six weeks.

The closure meant that treatment centres for out-of-hours patients were cancelled and patients were forced to travel to Plymouth or Exeter to receive treatment over the weekend.

After the first incident of flooding which forced the centre to close, assurances were made that the leaks would be fixed to avoid patients having to travel elsewhere again.

A patient that wished to remain anonymous visited for an appointment three weeks ago and said “I was greeted in the reception by the woman I was there to see.

We walked down a corridor and she told me we would normally have been in one of those rooms but because of the leaking roof we had to walk and walk, right to the back of the hospital where it was drier.”

This recent closure was due to a leak in the roof and is the second time in around six weeks that areas have been forced to close during a spell of heavy rain.

The hospital was built around fifteen years ago to replace the Castle Hospital and the Memorial Hospital. It was officially opened by His Royal Highness Prince Charles on November 17, 2004.

RD&E NHS trust were approached for a comment but did not respond.

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