Hospital fire causes appointments chaos
HUNDREDS of appointments were cancelled at one of the country's busiest hospitals yesterday after a fire broke out in the kitchens.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght, Co Dublin, that left two workers hospitalised with minor injuries.
The blaze caused chaos for hospital services, with appointments cancelled and ambulances diverted to other facilities.
The hospital was also forced to buy in meals for patients.
The fire broke out at 11.40am in the kitchen area. There were no patients in the area at the time, and most staff were evacuated.
But two contractors, who were not staff members, were working in the area at the time and were later treated in the hospital's Accident and Emergency department.
A spokeswoman said they suffered minor injuries.
Seven units of the Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene, and spent almost two hours fire-fighting before the blaze was brought under control.
The hospital said that all consultant and outpatient appointments were cancelled yesterday afternoon. More than 250,000 people attend the hospital for outpatient appointments every year.
Meals were provided by an outside agency, but normal service is expected to resume today.
However some operations have been cancelled. Staff spent much of yesterday contacting affected patients.
A spokeswoman said the Internal Emergency Response plan was activated, with staff and patients moved away from the affected area.