By Dan Walsh at Wexford General Hospital
A major emergency has been declared at Wexford General Hospital tonight following today’s serious outbreak of fire and the entire hospital is now closed. Extensive damage caused to the building renders it unsafe and all patients are evacuated.
The decision was made between Wexford County Council, the HSE, An Garda Siochána and other interested parties and a fleet of ambulances will clear the building and transport 207 patients to other hospitals. This is happening tonight.
St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny and University Hospital Waterford, others outside the region and nursing homes are assisting in the transfers which involves about 100 ambulances.
Wexford General Hospital is closed for the foreseeable future. Although unavoidable due to health and safety concerns following a serious fire it will have immediate consequences for patients and their families and the 700 staff that provide health services at the hospital.
The Wexford General Hospital hotline for enquiries is 053 9153012.