Firefighters tackling blaze at Alpha Hospital

TWENTY-FOUR people were treated by paramedics following a fire at Alpha Hospital.
Fifty firefighters from across Greater Manchester tackled the blaze, off Buller Street, Elton after it is thought a patient caused the fire on the roof of the building at around 4.30pm today, Thursday.
Nobody was taken to hospital but triage staff treated 24 of the 50 residents at the scene.
The fire damage was caused to around 100 square metres of the roof in the Forest Wood building.
Police, the fire service and the North West Ambulance Service are still at the scene.
The hospital, which cares for patients with mental health need, remains cordoned off with access only being given to emergency services and staff.
Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene throughout the night.
A fire service spokesman said the cause is still under investigation.
Police are investigating.
 

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2:21pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Anguished Parent says...

I am a parent of a young person who was a patient in the hospital. There were posters in reception telling you not to bring in items including matches, lighters etc.

We visited in excess of 40 times in the last few months - never were we searched, nor items we bought in checked.

As the hospital caters for a mix of behaviours including arsonists and self harmers I was amazed by the lack of proper proceedures. I'm glad no-one was injured , but frankly not surprised this occurred.
I am a parent of a young person who was a patient in the hospital. There were posters in reception telling you not to bring in items including matches, lighters etc. We visited in excess of 40 times in the last few months - never were we searched, nor items we bought in checked. As the hospital caters for a mix of behaviours including arsonists and self harmers I was amazed by the lack of proper proceedures. I'm glad no-one was injured , but frankly not surprised this occurred. Anguished Parent

8:50pm Sat 10 Nov 12

aelishm123 says...

I am not at all suprised, i was a patient at alpha and it is unbeliveably easy to get items into alpha without them knowing, hope everyone is okay to all the staff that see this and hope my lauren is okay if someone sees her thats seen this please let her know im thinking of her an i miss her muchly
I am not at all suprised, i was a patient at alpha and it is unbeliveably easy to get items into alpha without them knowing, hope everyone is okay to all the staff that see this and hope my lauren is okay if someone sees her thats seen this please let her know im thinking of her an i miss her muchly aelishm123

8:03am Sun 11 Nov 12

Brad_Pitt says...

Hey, Hey guys calm down, what's with the negative comments. I know the place myself, ok there was a fire started on the roof by a nut case, thank god no one got seriously hurt, well what can we do. (things happens).

To all those people who have posted negative comments:

I know some of the nursing staff and the Directors who work at Alpha Bury, Woking and Shefield and trust me they are the best and work day and night to help and give the support needed to the patients whom are in the secure units.

These nursing staff, Doctors and Directors are the finest, so stop dissing the people and the place and get on with your lives.... Fair enough security might not be up to scratch.. The security team are always working on issues which arise.....
Hey, Hey guys calm down, what's with the negative comments. I know the place myself, ok there was a fire started on the roof by a nut case, thank god no one got seriously hurt, well what can we do. (things happens). To all those people who have posted negative comments: I know some of the nursing staff and the Directors who work at Alpha Bury, Woking and Shefield and trust me they are the best and work day and night to help and give the support needed to the patients whom are in the secure units. These nursing staff, Doctors and Directors are the finest, so stop dissing the people and the place and get on with your lives.... Fair enough security might not be up to scratch.. The security team are always working on issues which arise..... Brad_Pitt

6:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Message to Brad_Pitt,who are you Odd Ball off Kelly's Hereos???,its irrelevant who you know,everyone has their point of view.Neg or Pos.
Message to Brad_Pitt,who are you Odd Ball off Kelly's Hereos???,its irrelevant who you know,everyone has their point of view.Neg or Pos. Ex Pat of Bury

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