Hospital fire investigated

2018-02-13 06:00
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Residents in need of emergency care are asked to make use of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Care Centre’s (CHC) Emergency Centre in Eastridge after a fire broke out at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital at the weekend.

Fire officials were called to the hospital at 07:15 on Saturday after a fire started in the roof above the Trauma Unit at the front of the hospital.

Staff and emergency crews assisted in evacuating the patients and the fire was ­extinguished­.

A total of 202 patients were evacuated, says Monique Johnstone, provincial Department of Health spokesperson.

“Heavy smoke was detected at Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital. A fire started in the Emergency Centre of the hospital.

Staff immediately contacted the Department’s Provincial Health Operations Centre who activated its Major Incident Plan along with the hospital. Through the help of the fire department and police, the fire was put out and the cause of the fire is currently being investigated,” she says.

A family member of one of the patients, Kamen Desmore, wrote on Facebook: “Thank God for keeping my granny and all the other people safe at the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital Trauma Unit when the place set on fire early this morning.

“I was called by the police and rushed through immediately and found the patients safe outside on the lawn. The authorities handled the situation well.”

No one was injured in the incident and no fatalities were reported.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been established and investigations continue. The fire department declared it safe for patients to be moved back into the wards on Sunday.

The hospital was cleaned before patients were moved back.

The damaged Emergency Centre is still undergoing cleaning and repairs.

Staff are currently onsite, ensuring uninterrupted care to all patients, Johnstone adds.

All patients requiring urgent emergency healthcare are requested to access services at the CHC until the Emergency Centre at the Mitchell’s Plain District Hospital is fully operational, Johnstone says.

“A temporary Emergency Centre has been set up at the Mitchell’s Plains District Hospital to attend to patients who are referred by the Mitchell’s Plain CHC Emergency Centre while Emergency Medical Services will be transferring patients that require hospital admission to other hospitals.

“The temporary Emergency Centre at the hospital is currently unable to accommodate an influx of walk-in clients, and will therefore only treat patients who are being referred by the Mitchell’s Plain CHC Emergency Centre.

“The CHC Emergency Centre will be capacitated with additional medical staff to assist with the patient load increase and referrals to the district hospital,” says Johnstone.

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