Many of the departments at a hospital in the UK have had to be closed down after it was revealed that building work had resulted in the released of asbestos into the air. Health authority officials confirmed that a number of departments at the Isebrook Hospital , Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, have had to be closed.

The problem came about after contractors tried to fit a burglar alarm, and in the process disturbed asbestos tiles, which then allowed asbestos to be released into the air. Officials state that a clean up is now being arranged before the affected departments can re-open.

Among the departments that have been affected at the hospital are Outpatients, Pathology, Speech and Language Therapy and X-Ray. Officials state that alternative arrangements are being made for the clinics normally held in these departments.

One official from the Primary Care Trust said: "We have taken rapid action to close the affected areas in Isebrook Hospital and we will ensure they are cleaned and reopened as soon as possible. I would like to reassure the public that this incident has been reported to all the relevant organisations and we are taking advice from experts in the field. The PCT is working closely with Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust to quickly re-establish normal services."

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