Ward closed due to sewage leak to reopen soon

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A CHILDREN’S ward that closed after a sewage leak is set to reopen early next week.

Youngsters had to be evacuated from the paediatric department of Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, last week while a blocked pipe was cleared.

Sewage then leaked into the ward from a separate pipe into the department’s empty Starfish Ward, prompting alarm from the Portsmouth Local Involvement Network (LINk).

Thorough cleaning and decontamination of the department is now being carried out and a team is preparing to ensure the waste cannot cause any infections to future patients.

A hospital spokeswoman said the work by private contractor Carillion is proceeding as planned and they still expect the ward to be ready for use at the beginning of next week.

She added that the hospital is keen to reassure parents that the seven children evacuated from the ward when the blockage was discovered were not present when toilet waste poured from a pipe.

It is still not known if the two incidents of faults with sewage pipes were related.

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