The 17-storey Royal Hallamshire Hospital has been forced to open usually restricted lifts to the public after two main lifts stopped working.
Faulty lifts at the hospital on Glossop Road, Sheffield, have reportedly forced many visitors either to use the stairs or face long waits for the remaining working lifts.
Three engineers are at the hospital this evening to try to resolve the issue.
Mick Wareing, head of estates at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We have a temporary fault in two of the six main lifts at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, however we have three engineers on site to repair them as a priority. We apologise that some visitors have experienced delays when using the lifts and to try and alleviate the problems at times of peak demand we have enabled visitors to use lifts normally restricted for staff and service use.
“We have had staff in place to help those visitors who were able to consider using alternative routes.
“All of the urgent access lifts have been in full working order throughout this period of disruption.”