Southport 24 Hour A&E unit marked for closure

A number of patients were evacuated from treatment areas at Southport Hospital last night, as fire crews were called to investigate smoke coming from a roof space.

Fire crews were called to the Southport & Formby District General Hospital at approximately 4.11am. Crews were on scene by 4.19am with three engines attending.

A number of patients were evacuated to a safe space during the incident and the hospital temporarily ceased accepting emergency patients via ambulance.

No actual fire was discovered during the incident.

Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust Chief Operating Officer Steve Christian said: “I want to thank everyone for their prompt action to keep patients safe and the efficient way they dealt with this incident. Thank you too to North West Ambulance Service and our neighbouring hospitals for their support during the short time patients were being diverted away from Southport hospital this morning.

“We are conducting ​an internal investigation into what happened. No one was injured.”​

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “On arrival, crews discovered a smell of burning consistent with electrical fire.

“After some investigation using a thermal imaging camera, the cause of smoke logging was identified as an industrial chiller in the roof space.

“Crews left the scene at 5.32am after ventilating the space.”