Sewage leak closes ERI pharmacy

Firefighters were called to the Little France hospital to deal with the leak. Pic: File
Firefighters were called to the Little France hospital to deal with the leak. Pic: File
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A SEWAGE leak has closed the pharmacy at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Firefighters were called to deal with the drainage leak is said to have happened just before 11am today at the hospital’s aseptic unit.

Medicine is being brought in from the Western General Hospital while a clean-up takes place.

George Curley, NHS Lothian’s director of operations, said: “Our private sector partners Consort are working with an external contractor to repair a drain under an area of the Royal Infirmary.

“The problem with the drain has caused effluent to flood a staff changing area within the hospital adjacent to the pharmacy.

“Infection control measures have been introduced and the aseptic unit, which provides a sterile environment for the preparation of certain medicines, has been closed until the problem has been fixed and the area fully cleaned.

“As a precautionary measure, the Fire and Rescue Service were asked to investigate an unknown chemical in the effluent, which was subsequently found to be safe.

“Contingency plans are in place to provide aseptic pharmacy services from other hospital sites.”