Part of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital was closed this evening (Monday 24 October) after a water main burst.
Some ambulance patients were diverted from the Brighton hospital’s A&E to the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Haywards Heath.
The burst pipe in the Pathology Department seeped through the floor to some of the A&E bays below.
Medics are still treating walk-in patients but ambulance drivers are being asked to take some patients with major injuries to the PRH for the time being.
The trust which runs both hospitals – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) – said that staff were clearing up.
A spokesman said that they would need to carry out checks, for example, to the electrics, before the bays could be brought back into use.
“It’s affecting a limited number of patients,” he added.