Bosses at Southmead Hospital praise staff for their ‘swift actions’ in the face of the bomb threat

Hospital bosses have hailed the swift actions of accident and emergency staff at Bristol’s biggest hospital after a man walked in and allegedly said he had a bomb.

Patients in the A&E ward, alongside the Minor Injury Unit and other hospital wards at Southmead Hospital, have been evacuated and a major incident contingency plan put in place amid Dramatic scenes in North Bristol this morning. The North Bristol NHS Trust has confirmed that the ripple effects of the incident, which saw patients being transported to a nearby leisure center and the bomb squad arriving at the hospital, are continuing this evening, Thursday March 10.

A statement from the North Bristol NHS Trust thanked the public for their cooperation with evacuations and for their patience in having appointments rescheduled.

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“We can confirm that a suspicious package discovered this morning in our emergency department has been declared safe by the police,” said a statement from the NHS Trust. “We would like to thank the public for their support during this time and their help in keeping our staff and patients safe.

“We would also like to thank the staff for their quick actions and responsiveness. Our emergency department and surrounding areas have now reopened and visitation has been restored,” they added.

But outpatient appointments have been canceled for the rest of the day. “Outpatient appointments remain canceled for the remainder of the day so that we can deal with the ripple effects of today’s incident,” the trust added. “We apologize for the disruption and thank the public for their patience. There are exceptions – outpatient appointments will continue in: women and children; breast centre; dialysis; chemotherapy in the unit day clinic and the Rosa Burden Brain Center.

“Thank you to our local health partners, Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire and Rescue Service for their assistance in handling this incident. Anyone in need of urgent medical assistance should contact NHS 111,” the trust added.

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Lillian L. Pena