A TOTAL of 118 cancer patients have had their radiotherapy sessions cancelled at a hospital in Spain due to severe flooding caused by Storm Gloria.
The Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) at the Trueta Hospital in Girona has suffered considerable damage after the nearby River Ter overflowed due to the heavy downpours of rain in the region.
Water had entered the basement of the hospital on Wednesday, January 22m reaching to a height of 20 centimetres. The accumulation of water affected the electricity supply to the equipment of the floor above, which is where patients receive radiotherapy. It is understood that the machines used for the treatment have been subsequently moved to another area in the hospital to prevent further damage being caused.
According to a spokesperson at the hospital, the scheduled sessions for 24 patients were cancelled today (January 24), whilst 94 sessions were cancelled on Thursday.
As Euro Weekly News understands, the hospital is working to ensure that this issue is resolved in the shortest possible time and that the affected patients may have their appointments moved to a different medical centre, depending on their availability.