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Newmarket Hospital cancels appointments after Exning Road gas leak

Gas leak, Exning Road (2501807)
Gas leak, Exning Road (2501807)

Newmarket Community Hospital has cancelled appointments after a major gas leak in Exning Road.

Emergency services were called at about 10am after reports of a smell of gas in the Valley Way area of Newmarket.

After investigation Cadent Gas found that a gas main, next to Newmarket Motor Company on Exning Road, had been damaged.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue on Exning Road, Newmarket (2507445)
Suffolk Fire and Rescue on Exning Road, Newmarket (2507445)

As gas engineers repair the mains, the road between St. Phillips Road and Rowley Drive has been closed.

Residents have been told it could be closed until 10pm.

As a precautionary measure, hospital directos have cancelled appointments for this afternoon.

Craig Black, director of resources at West Suffolk Hospitals, said: "Our staff and patients are safe and well. Under advice from the fire, police and gas colleagues at the scene, they will remain inside the building with windows and doors closed until the issue is resolved.

"In the interest of safety, we have cancelled clinics scheduled to take place in Newmarket Hospital this afternoon, but otherwise our services have been largely unaffected."

Emergency services are monitoring the levels of gas, where they remain at a safe level.

But Newmarket Leisure Centre has closed and expects to re-open tomorrow morning.


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