Attainable chemical leak at Dunedin Hospital


Three workers have been checked over by St John after a high-level disinfectant was spilled in a carry on the Kids’s Pavilion in Dunedin Hospital.

Firefighters had been known as to the hospital about four.25pm on Tuesday after fumes had been reported coming from a hospital ward, Hearth and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokesman Andrew Norris mentioned.

4 hearth engines, a big ladder and a command unit had been despatched to the scene, whereas St John despatched two ambulances.

Firefighters are dealing with a chemical leak at Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

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Firefighters are coping with a chemical leak at Dunedin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Southern District Well being Board chief government Chris Fleming mentioned in a press release that one of many lifts in a non-clinical space of the Kids’s Pavilion was closed after Rapicide – a high-level disinfectant – was spilled about three.30pm on Tuesday.

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“The substance was disposed of in a hazardous waste space within the decrease basement. This led to a launch of fumes, inflicting this space to be remoted as nicely.”

Emergency services were called after fumes were smelt, potentially coming from a dangerous goods room.

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Emergency companies had been known as after fumes had been smelt, probably coming from a harmful items room.

The workers concerned had been checked by St John as a precaution, however didn’t required additional therapy. No sufferers, members of the general public or different workers had been uncovered to the substance, Fleming mentioned.

The affected areas had been remoted till they could possibly be absolutely cleaned. The automotive park within the decrease basement space of Dunedin Hospital had been cleared and reopened by eight.30pm.

“We’re investigating the incident and Worksafe is being notified. We thank everybody for his or her understanding through the disruption.”

A firefighter works to contain the potential chemical leak at the hospital.

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A firefighter works to comprise the potential chemical leak on the hospital.

Cumberland St, the northbound street on Dunedin’s one-way system, had been blocked off between Frederick and Hanover streets.

A reporter on the scene mentioned the closure was inflicting site visitors chaos through the rush hour.

Police refused entry to motorists and pedestrians as firefighters handled the chemical incident on the hospital.

Cumberland St, running alongside Dunedin Hospital, has been blocked off to pedestrians and motorists as firefighters deal with the incident. (File photo)

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Cumberland St, working alongside Dunedin Hospital, has been blocked off to pedestrians and motorists as firefighters take care of the incident. (File photograph)

Firefighters had completed up and left the location by 9pm, a Fenz spokeswoman mentioned. The positioning had been decontaminated.