Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance at St Mary’s Hospital this afternoon (Friday), where an alert has sparked an evacuation.

2 appliances from Newport Fire Station are on scene at Parkhurst Road having been alerted to the potential fire at around 12:30.

The Medical Assessment Unit, Appley Ward and Main Entrance have all been evacuated according to those inside the building.

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UPDATE @ 13:05 – It has been confirmed that a suspicious bag, left abandoned inside the hospital, prompted the earlier alert and evacuation.

Although the fire alarms sounded to clear the building, there was no fire present.

Emergency services have now stood down and both patients and staff have been allowed back inside the hospital building.

The incident has been deemed a false alarm.

UPDATE @ 15:43 – The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed that the bag was left in the main foyer of St Mary’s Hospital. This triggered activation of the ‘Suspicious Package Protocol’ resulting in patients, visitors and staff being evacuated from the ground floor. Patients from Appley & Colwell wards on the first floor were also evacuated as a precaution.

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Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive said:

“We apologise to our patients and visitors for this disruption but it has reinforced the importance of being vigilant and cautious, and we urge anybody visiting the hospital to ensure they keep their belongings with them at all times”.

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