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Major power outage forces patients to flee hospital after city plunges into darkness in ‘critical incident’

Terrified patients fled a hospital after a major power outage left the city plunged into darkness during a “critical incident”.

People receiving treatment at Bristol Royal Infirmary were told to leave immediately after the evacuation began.

The scene at Bristol Royal Infirmary following a possible power outageCredit: SWNS
People sit under blankets on the sidewalk while emergency services rush to the scene.Credit: LNP
The public have been asked not to attend Bristol city center hospitals until the incident is resolved.Credit: SWNS
Patients and staff outside after the chaos.Credit: SWNS

A person there said at least three fire trucks responded to the scene amid the chaos on Upper Maudlin Street.

Police officers on horseback were seen asking people to leave the area and other hospitals in the city were also affected.

Several emergency services remain on scene in Bristol city center after what hospital bosses have since described as a “power outage”.

Bristol and Weston NHS University Hospitals wrote on social media: “We have declared an internal critical incident due to a power outage affecting a number of our hospitals in Bristol city centre.

“We are asking the public not to come to our hospitals until the incident is resolved. Please use alternative services in the area.”

The hospital has said there was no “ceiling collapse” despite several staff reporting it, BristolLive reports.

The outlet said it had been informed that the hospital lost power before the first alarm was heard.

Several elderly patients were reportedly wrapped in blankets and waiting outside the hospital.

Lisa Davidson, 50, a housewife from Bristol, was receiving a blood infusion for Crohn’s disease.

She said: “All the lights went out and kept turning on and off.

“Then they told us to get out, we couldn’t find our way out. We tried to get out through the main entrance, but it was closed, so we had to go out through the car park.

“It was really scary, I felt a little upset. They had to stop my infusions to evacuate. It was like a nightmare.”

Avon and Somerset Police said they were supporting Avon Fire and Rescue Service with “an ongoing incident” believed to have been caused by an electrical fault at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The force said: “Officers arrived at the scene within 10 minutes and are supporting firefighters with road closures.

“The mounted section and drone units are among our present resources.”

Several roads closed for a time, including Lower Maudlin Street, Upper Maudlin Street, Malborough Street, Jamaica Street, St Michael’s Hill and Colston Hill, but then all reopened, except Upper Maudlin Street, to incoming traffic.