THE accident and emergency department at South Tyneside District Hospital has this afternoon reopened after being closed for several hours due to flash flooding.
This morning, after torrential rain left part of the hospital site under water, patients who needed A&E services were advised to go to other hospitals.
But at 3.38pm, Steve Williamson, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer, said: “As a result of extremely heavy rain earlier today, flooding affected parts of the South Tyneside District Hospital site and our A&E was partially closed for a few hours.
“The department is now fully operational again, and we would like to thank our colleagues in neighbouring NHS organisations for their support; the public for their understanding and our staff for their fantastic response, which enabled the majority of our services to continue. Apart from one or two minor issues, we expect to be operating as normal tomorrow.”