Incident at Charing Cross Hospital

In the early hours of Wednesday 7 November, the London Fire Brigade was called to a small fire on a renal unit at Charing Cross Hospital. No patients were in the unit at the time.

A small number of patients from a nearby ward were briefly moved to a fire assembly point as a precaution.

All inpatients will continue to have their treatment in the part of the unit which is undamaged and has been declared safe. Temporary arrangements are being put in place for some renal outpatient care to be provided at alternative units in north west London. Affected patients are being contacted directly.

Trust chief executive Professor Tim Orchard commented: “I’d like to give a big thank you to staff and patients for their co-operation in swiftly responding to this incident, as well as the London Fire Brigade. I know the team are now working hard to keep patient disruption to an absolute minimum.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.