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Industrial incident at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

An industrial accident occurred this morning at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Woolwich which resulted in a small fire and smoke being generated from work being carried out in an office. This hospital forms part of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

The incident occurred at 7.30am this morning and unfortunately a contractor has been injured. No other staff or patients have been harmed.

The office is located near the Children’s inpatient ‘Safari’ ward and as soon as the alarm was raised the ward was evacuated.

As a result the ward will now be closed for a few days. Children who were inpatients and still need hospital care will be moved to University Hospital Lewisham (UHL); others will be discharged home.

There will be a temporary ambulance diversion to UHL with any children requiring A&E care, and any children attending QEH A&E who require admission will be transferred to UHL’s children’s ward until Safari ward reopens.

Claire Champion, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality said: “We are very sad that the contractor who was working in the office was injured as a result of the incident and our thoughts are with him and his family.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the parents and children for their help and understanding this morning in evacuating the ward as quickly as they did.

“I am very proud of how our staff managed the incident ensuring that all children were safely evacuated, and continued to receive the care they needed during this time. We hope that Safari ward will be re-opened shortly.”


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