Patients evacuated over flooding threat

Orcahrd house is shut after flooding risk
Orcahrd house is shut after flooding risk

A RESIDENTIAL care home has been forced to close its doors after heavy rainfall caused sewage tanks to fill to a concerning level.

Staff at Orchard Cottage in Darley Dale noticed a problem when lavatories at the facility were not draining away properly.

Owing to this, a decision was made to relocate three patients to Derbyshire Community Health Services’ Brookdale Unit at Ash Green Learning Disability Centre in Chesterfield.

Any new admissions to the Darley Dale facility – which provides short-break care to people with learning difficulties – will also be transferred to the site in Chesterfield.

Sue Ryan, General Manager for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust’s learning disability services, which runs Orchard Cottage, said: “We took the decision to move the patients when it became clear that the unusually heavy downpours in recent days were threatening to flood our on-site sewerage system.

“Our estates team is working flat out at Orchard Cottage, but until water levels drop it is not clear how long this might take. The flooding has particularly affected the sewerage system making plumbed facilities and toilets on-site unusable.”

After the water level reduced at Orchard Cottage, a thorough assessment of the sewage system was undertaken.

Staff are now in the process of planning the repair and relocation of two manholes alongside other ‘necessary repairs’ to restore the sewerage system.

They have also arranged for the facility’s sewage treatment plant to be emptied as to remove any risk of contamination to the local water supply.

Sue Ryan said: “Everything is being done to ensure the patients are comfortable and happy in their new surroundings and that their families are fully informed of what’s happening with the Darley Dale facility.”