Power Outage Major Incident stand down

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust declared a major incident last night (Thursday 21 July 2016) following an external electricity supply interruption at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Patrick Wilkinson, Lead for Emergency Planning, said: "The Trust has tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions, including power outages. We declared a Major Incident at approximately 7pm and were without mains power for 90 minutes due to an external electricity supply interruption. However, back-up systems continued to provide power to essential areas, such as critical care, A&E and wards.

"Our robust plans to protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients, were implemented immediately and the incident was stood down at just after 9pm. A full investigation will now take place."

During the incident staff were unable to access IT systems, which were temporarily unavailable. However, the back-up power generators at Royal Stoke University Hospital continue to operate despite an interruption following a power surge in the local area. Some wards were left with emergency lighting only, but were not in darkness.