"Bomb scare fiasco."
Posted by P. L.
Whilst attending the hospital with a friend who had an appointment this morning, the fire alarm went off. We left the building along with many other people, but there no instructions from any member of staff as to where to go, so we just followed the general flow. Once in the car park, people were milling around. No information was given as to what we should do or what was going on, after several minutes we were asked to move to the end of the drive. This we did, we eventually over heard members of staff talking about a bomb scare, the police arrived, (The fire brigade had arrived earlier), during this time no register of which patients were there was taken. So if the event had developed and an explosion taken place, I have no idea as to how any one would have known whether people had been injured in the blast or whether they had got fed up of waiting and gone home. From the perspective of a visitor at the hospital, there did not appear to be a protocol or plan of action to deal with such an event, as a result I was not filled with confidence that such an event was dealt with in the best way possible and hope that things can be learned from the incident and improvements made for future reference.