NHS Foundation Trust issue Statement on Tamworth Hospital fire

Tuesday, 12th February 2019

THE NHS Foundation Trust who are responsible for the George Bryan Centre has issued a statement today in relation to last nights fire.

The site is run by the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) and they have confirmed that all patients and staff were evacuated safely and are now being cared for in alternative accommodation.

They say that thankfully, no injuries were sustained thanks to the quick actions of their staff and the rapid response from the fire service.

The West Wing of the George Bryan Centre cares for adults who are acutely mentally unwell. At the time of the incident, there were 18 patients on the unit, all of whom are accounted for and are receiving care in alternative locations.

The East Wing currently remains occupied, however, this will be subject to ongoing review based on an assessment of the building

A full investigation will be carried out in due course and MPFT have said they will cooperate fully with their fire and police colleagues on this.

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Neil Carr, Chief Executive said, “I would like to pay tribute to the staff who dealt with this emergency with great professionalism and ensured everyone was evacuated in a safe and timely way.

We have robust emergency evacuation procedures in the Trust which are regularly tested, in fact, the George Bryan Centre had carried out a fire drill just last week and I am confident this was an important factor in the excellent response to this situation.

We recognise this was a traumatic and distressing event for all involved and we will now ensure that all those affected receive whatever help and care they need to support their emotional well being.”

Any relatives or friends who are concerned about patients from the George Bryan Centre should contact the hospital site manager via the Trust switchboard on 0300 790 7000.

A JustGiving crowdfunding page has now been set up by a local resident, Amie Williams,  to help raise funds for the unit.  Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here.