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Chemical spill in Rand lab

There was a chemical spill in the laboratory of Rand Memorial Hospital yesterday that forced officials to suspend laboratory, radiology and non-emergency services until an all-clear can be given, Grand Bahama Health Services advised.

“Laboratory and radiology services [were] temporarily suspended today at the Michaela Virgill Storr Pavilion of the Rand Memorial Hospital following a minor chemical spill in the laboratory this morning,” officials said in a statement.

“No injuries were reported, however cautionary measures were taken for employees affected to be seen by doctors on staff.

“At no time did the incident impact patients admitted on the hospital’s wards, as teams worked quickly to contain the spill.”

The statement noted that emergency cases were seen in the Accident/Emergency and Urgent Care Centre, but general practice cases will be referred to the Freeport Community Clinic in the I.A.T. Building, East Atlantic Drive, until the all-clear is given.

“Environmental chemistry experts, an independent hazmat company, a private chemist and the Department of Environmental Health Services were called in to mitigate the effects and clean the affected area,” officials added.

“The Rand Memorial Hospital will continue to monitor the incident to ensure the sustained safety and health of our patients and staff. All services are anticipated to be fully restored at the earliest.”

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