Mount Elizabeth Hospital ceiling leak from burst sprinkler head, not 'roof collapse due to heavy rain'

The clip, posted on Facebook by several users on Tuesday (Sept 19), shows water pouring from the ceiling.
The clip, posted on Facebook by several users on Tuesday (Sept 19), shows water pouring from the ceiling.SCREENGRAB: FACEBOOK/DOLLY PEH

SINGAPORE - A video circulating online of water spilling from the ceiling at Mount Elizabeth Hospital does not show a "roof collapse due to heavy rain", the hospital has said.

The clip, posted on Facebook by several users on Tuesday (Sept 19), shows water pouring from the ceiling.

Some had posted the video with captions speculating that heavy rain had caused the roof to collapse.

Instead, a sprinkler head had burst on Sunday (Sept 17) afternoon, causing a leak at the Orchard Road hospital's main lobby, Mount Elizabeth Hospital chief executive Dr Noel Yeo told The Straits Times.

After the leak was discovered, the area was cordoned off. Two ceiling boards that were damaged by the leak became dislodged.

"No one was hurt as the area had already been cordoned off when the leak was first discovered," said Dr Yeo.

He added that the water supply to the sprinklers was "shut off within 15 minutes and rectification works commenced immediately".

The dislodged ceiling boards were restored by early Monday morning.

Dr Yeo said that safety "has always been of paramount importance at the hospital".

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this might have caused to our patients and visitors," he said.