| 17.10,20. 05:54 AM |
Westmead Hospital's Emergency Department evacuated after electrical fault causes smoke, power outage
Emergency services outside Westmead Hospital. (23Trix88/Twitter)
Patients and staff have been evacuated from Westmead Hospital's Emergency Department after an electrical fault caused the area to fill with smoke.
Emergency fire services were called to the hospital in Sydney's west at around 7pm tonight after the fault caused a power outage in some parts of the hospital.
A witness, who is in the hospital's maternity ward, told 9News there appeared to be a fire in the hospital's emergency department.
They said electricity was out in the hospital, including the maternity ward.
"As a precautionary measure patients and staff have been evacuated to other parts of the hospital," a Westmead Hospital spokesperson told 9News.
"Our colleagues at the Children's Hospital Westmead are also assisting us."
The spokesperson said a temporary emergency department has been established to ensure access for patients.
"We are working with the fire brigade to restore power to all areas as soon as possible," they said.
A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed officers were on the scene.