PDH Responds to Emergencies

Thursday, 3 April 2014
Portland District Health staff were tested on Wednesday coping with three emergency situations over the course of the day.

CEO Christine Giles said the organisation was able to effectively swing into emergency action to ensure each situation was well handled.

The hospital was forced to deal with an internal and external emergency and also supported local firefighting efforts at Mt Clay.

The first situation happened on Wednesday morning when contractors on site broke a gas pipe, necessitating a Code Yellow alert for an internal disaster.

The hospital kitchen, laundry and Harbourside Lodge were without gas for a short time but in a quick response the gas supply was shut down and the maintenance staff repaired the damage and restored services within half an hour.

Later in the day the Country Fire Authority called on PDH to provide 120 meals for firefighters battling the Mt Clay blaze.

The hospital catering department was quickly able to get these meals cooked, packaged and out to provide support the firefighting efforts.

The Emergency Department was then put on a Code Brown alert to deal with an external disaster after a fatal head-on collision on the Portland-Nelson Road.

Three critically injured patients were handled by the department and promptly transported to Melbourne trauma centres.

Ms Giles said the staff had responded quickly and professionally to each situation.

It is a credit to our staff that they were able to react with such professional and timely care in difficult circumstances,” Ms Giles said.

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