Staff at the new South Glasgow University Hospitals were today thanked for their rapid response to a false fire alarm.
A fire alarm was activated in the ground floor atrium of the adult hospital, leading to out-patients, visitors and staff being evacuated.
In-patients and those in the Emergency Department and Acute Receiving were unaffected.
David Loudon, South Glasgow University Hospitals Project Director / Director of Facilities, said: “I’m grateful to our staff and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service for their prompt response to the fire alarm.
“Our fire alarm procedures were implemented immediately and ran smoothly.
“I’d also like to thanks members of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service who worked closely with our staff to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff.
“Those evacuated were outside in the designated assembly area for approximately 20 minutes. Porters distributed blankets to anyone requiring them to stay warm.”
The alarm was activated by an individual who mistook the smell from a laminating machine for burning.