Power outage hits Auckland City Hospital

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Auckland City Hospital lost power this evening, and back-up generators appeared not to kick in for several minutes.

Auckland City Hospital

Auckland City Hospital experienced a power outage of several minutes’ duration this evening. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

RNZ understands intensive care and some operating theatres had power restored almost immediately but much of the rest of the hospital’s power was out for longer.

A patient told RNZ he was in the emergency department when the lights went out, leaving it in almost total darkness for 10 to 15 minutes.

He said staff were still able to treat and discharge him.

Another person in the hospital at the time said the lifts were not working and at least one person had been stuck in one.

She said wifi and some computers were still going.

Both people said when the power first came on again it was not fully back but it appears to be now.

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