76 PATIENTS EVACUATED FOLLOWING CAPE TOWN HOSPITAL FIRE (PHOTOS)

Aerial view of Swartland hospital after a fire swept through the facility on Saturday, 18 March 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Officials have started investigating the cause of a fire at Malmesbury’s Swartland Hospital after the old section of the district hospital caught alight late Saturday, resulting in 76 patients being evacuated.

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Officials say the first alert for the fire emergency was recorded at 16:15 yesterday afternoon. KB

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mobombo visited the facility earlier on Sunday.

WC Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo visiting the Swartland Hospital after a blaze destroyed a section of the facility. KB

The fire damaged section of the hospital is cordoned off with police tape.

Officials say some patients who were in a stable condition have been discharged.

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People returning beds from the church hall, where patients were kept until they were transported to nearby facilities. KB

A plan is in place to provide them with out of hospital care.

Provincial Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says some patients who had been moved to a local church hall are being taken to other healthcare facilities.

“I am very happy in terms of how we have handled the situation when it comes to patient and staff safety.”

The hospital has been shut down until the investigation has been completed.

 

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TOP PHOTO: Aerial view of Swartland hospital after a fire swept through the facility on Saturday, 18 March 2017. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

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