How FloodSax alternative sandbags saved GP practice from flooding disaster

WHEN water started to pour through the ceiling at a Manchester GP surgery staff were at a loss what to do at first.

The flood inside the Kingsway Medical Practice in Burnage threatened to cause major damage inside.

In desperation, staff called FloodSax based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, which manufactures pioneering ‘sandless sandbags.’

The firm immediately alerted the surgery’s nearest branch of builders’ merchants Travis Perkins which stock FloodSax who immediately got a batch of FloodSax ready for the GP staff to collect.

The FloodSax were deployed in the corridors and stopped floodwater from getting into the consulting rooms.

The practice’s co-ordinator, Jane Winstanley, said: “We were able to obtain enough FloodSax to really make a huge difference to our predicament. It had rained very heavily and the guttering on the roof simply couldn’t cope with the amount of water it had taken on and it poured in.  The roof didn’t actually collapse but the drainage system from the top of the roof leaked.  

“Being on the NHS frontline it was an absolute disaster to find ourselves under water and the FloodSax were amazing. We are now getting some more in case this ever happens again.”