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Power outage at Temple Street stops operations and affects ambulance services

A spokeswoman said the outage demonstrates the need for a new children’s hospital.

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TEMPLE STREET CHILDREN’S Hospital is currently off-call for ambulances as a power outage has affected its phone lines and lighting.

In a statement this afternoon, a spokeswoman for the hospital said there was a fault in part of the hospital’s electrical system at around 9.30am this morning.

While most of the power has been restored, it is still causing problems with their phone lines and lighting.

The hospital is advising all parents to bring their children to a GP but said its emergency department is remaining open.

The spokeswoman said: “Parents are encouraged to attend their local GP if at all possible however if the matter is urgent, the Temple Street ED is still operational.

As a safety measure, all scheduled surgeries which included 14 day cases and three in-patients cases were postponed this mornings. Emergency surgeries will go ahead this afternoon. Four elective MRIs also had to be postponed this morning.

“All other current in-patients in the hospital are stable and being cared for within existing resources.

“Today’s temporary power failure continues to demonstrate the need for a new children’s hospital.”

23/2/2012 National Childrens Hospitals Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Earlier this year, a power outage meant the hospital was working off a back-up generator, and an additional generator was being secured.

Services in the hospital’s emergency department, out-patient department and planned elective surgeries were halted in the interim.

The problem stemmed from the hospital’s own electrical equipment and is not affecting other homes or businesses in the area.

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