Chesterfield Royal blaze - PICTURES

SP90774 Fire at CRH
SP90774 Fire at CRH

HOSPITAL chiefs have confirmed it will cost “millions” to repair the damage caused by a fire at Chesterfield Royal on Saturday night.

A spokesperson for the Royal, Sarah Turner-Saint, said: “We have no idea how much repairs will cost at the present time. Assessors are on the scene. It is likely to be in the ‘millions’ as the main entrance alone cost well over £1 million to create three years ago - but firm figures will not be known for some time.”

She has also issued the following key messages for patients wanting to use the areas affected.

All services open - out-patient appointments and in-patient operations to run as planned (with some location moves as necessary - see below). Patients who are registered with our mobile text messaging service will receive a text to tell them they can still attend for appointments.

Fracture clinic and orthopaedic out-patients to run from Staveley Ward (use Visitor’s entrance and park in 5 or 6).

All other out-patients will be directed through a small entrance (next to the usual main entrance) - temporary booking in receptions will be in place.

A&E services operating a limited service - patient reception area much reduced in size. Reminding patients of other options - GP, pharmacy advice, walk-in centres (Derby/Sheffield).

Other main entrance services will work from other locations on site - we will update during the coming week. Ambuline patient transport will be based in Scarsdale Wing entrnace, as will booked admissions (also in suite 1).

Main entrance area likely to take months to reconstruct - asking patients to work with us during this unprecedented incident.

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