Electricity outage at Leeds hospital centre due to 'extraordinary issue'

Seacroft Hospital, where the centre is based.
Seacroft Hospital, where the centre is based.

Emergency lighting had to be used at a Leeds hospital centre last night due to a power dip causing an "extraordinary issue".

The outage affected the Newsam Centre at Seacroft Hospital, which treats people for mental health problems.

Chief operating officer Joanna Forster Adams said: "The electricity at Newsam Centre went off at 4.15pm on Sunday evening.

"The building had emergency lighting only for about two and a half hours.

"The situation was explained to service users and our staff worked hard to make sure everyone was safe and secure throughout.

"We understand that there was a power dip across Leeds which caused an extraordinary issue with the Centre’s back up generator.

"We are now in discussion with Interserve, which maintains the building under a PFI agreement, and the National Grid to minimise the opportunity for this to happen