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Manchester hospitals cancel operations due to water leak

From BBC - February 5, 2018

Operations planned for Monday morning at hospitals in Manchester have been cancelled due to a mains leak affecting the water supply.

Cancer and any urgent operations will still go ahead, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said.

The hospitals affected are the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The water supply was restored earlier and operations will take place later.

Anyone with an outpatient appointment should still attend hospital as planned, the trust said.

It added that operations scheduled for Monday afternoon would take place, and cancelled operations would be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Prof Cheryl Lenney, director of infection prevention and control for the trust, said: "Our sterile services require a significant amount of water to sterilise instruments, so it's really important that we knew that the water supply to that department was functioning properly.

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