Dramatic evacuation of patients at Altnagelvin Hospital - some patients moved to Enniskillen

All patients evacuated during dramatic scenes at Altnagelvin Hospital on Friday night are “comfortable and safe,” the Western Health and Social Services Board has said.

All patients evacuated during dramatic scenes at Altnagelvin Hospital on Friday night are “comfortable and safe,” the Western Health and Social Services Board has said.

Chairman of the Trust, Gerard Guckian said Ward Managers were also in the process of contacting family and relatives of patients who have been relocated.

In an updated statement issued at midnight, a Trust spokeswoman said: “Seven wards at Altnagelvin Hospital have been evacuated following a fire incident. Approximately 120 patients have been moved during the evacuation process. The majority of patients have been accommodated onsite and a small number of patients have been moved to other appropriate health and care settings in Londonderry. One patient from the Fermanagh area has been transferred to the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

“The incident is now under control. The evacuation process was assisted by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Derry City Council and Translink.”

Chairman of the Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “All patients are comfortable and safe. Ward Managers are in the process of contacting family and relatives of those patients that have been relocated as a result of the incident. I would like to thank all the emergency services and our staff who acted swiftly to bring the situation under control.”

The Trust said planned operations would not be carried out at the hospital today, Saturday.

“All planned operations have been cancelled for Saturday 24 November and affected patients are being contacted directly,” Mr Guckian said.

The Trust has set up a helpline number for anyone who has any concerns about the incident on the following dedicated number (048) 7129 6202 or (048) 7129 6204 on Saturday 24 November from 8am to 12pm. Information is also available via the Trust’s website and Facebook page.