Djerriwarrh Health Services has temporarily diverted maternity services and is rescheduling elective surgery at Bacchus Marsh after a burst water pipe flooded the theatre units.

It is understood the pipe suffered an “explosive” burst at the weekend.

The hospital said safety was not compromised and no patients were in the area at the time.

A spokesperson for the hospital said crews were assessing the damage and patients due to have surgery had been contacted to make alternative arrangements.

“Djerriwarrh Health Services is now undertaking a thorough assessment of the damage to understand the remedial works that will be required to make the unit operational again,” the spokesperson said.

“The priority now is to contact all patients affected and secure alternative arrangements with private and public health partners.

“We will keep the community informed and will ensure quality, safe health services can again resume in the impacted areas of the Hospital as soon as possible.

“We will provide another update on the arrangements on Monday, following these assessments.”

Western Water said any burst mains beyond the water meter on private property were the responsibility of the landowner, but they were providing support as an act of goodwill.

There were no reports of neighbouring properties affected by low water pressure or similar issues.

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