National 8.9.2016 01:33 pm

Bomb squad searches Newcastle hospital

A fire engine parked outside the Provincial Hospital, while emergency personnel searched for the bomb.

A fire engine parked outside the Provincial Hospital, while emergency personnel searched for the bomb.

The threat of an explosive forced the evacuation of the Newcastle Provincial Hospital this morning.

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of staff and patients at the Newcastle Provincial Hospital this morning, Newscastle Advertiser reports.

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Traffic officials closed access to Hospital Street shortly after Fire Department and police specialists arrived at the facility.

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Patients and medical staff gathered opposite the road, fearing the worst.

However, explained hospital spokesperson Sabelo Buthelezi, “there was a suspicious package found, but it was a drill. We held the bomb drill to determine how our staff would respond, and to ensure that if something were to happen, they would be adequately trained to care for the patients.”

– Caxton News Service