Damage at construction site leads to severe hospital disruption

Damage to broadband cables on a Hampshire construction site has led to severe disruption at a number of hospitals in the area and left thousands of properties without service.

On Thursday, cable provider Openreach reported that its network in the Dummer area was “accidentally damaged by a third party” working on a building site on Wednesday evening, affecting the running of sites belonging to Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It added that phone and broadband services for around 4,000 homes, businesses and other organisations. However, the group responsible for the damage has not been named.

Openreach said: “Engineers are on site working hard to resolve the situation, but it is a complex fix and may [take] some time to completely recover.”

In a later update on Twitter, the provider added that engineers were “on site” and “prioritising fixes for vulnerable customers & key local services”.

The trust has confirmed that IT services for the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and the Andover War Memorial Hospital were affected.

It said: “We are continuing to experience high levels of demand in our emergency departments…due to ongoing technical issues”.

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