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Apology as hospital power fails

Hospital chiefs in Shropshire have apologised after their back-up generators failed during a power cut.

Officials at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital said generators became overloaded during the blackout on Friday night.

They said they knew the power failure would have been upsetting to patients and their relatives but said it did not cause any "significant problems".

Critical hospital equipment and the maternity unit were unaffected.

The power cut affected large parts of Shrewsbury and its surrounding areas.

Tom Taylor, chief executive of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said everything had returned to normal at the hospital within 20 minutes and thanked staff, patients and their relatives for their patience.



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