UPDATE: Battery leak the cause of hospital room evacuation

UPDATE 11:10AM:

A SPOKESPERSON from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has confirmed twelve medical imaging staff and two patients were removed from the area after a "short-term problem" with a store room battery at the Hervey Bay Hospital earlier this morning.

"WBHHS would like to clarify that there was no gas leak at Hervey Bay Hospital today," the spokseperson said.

"Twelve Medical Imaging staff and two patients were briefly removed from the area due to the noxious smell from the battery leak, while the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and WBHHS's Engineering and Maintenance staff assessed the situation.

"The issue has now been fixed and Medical Imaging operations have resumed, although it is expected the CT scanner may not be operational again until 1pm.

"WBHHS would like to thank its staff for their swift and professional handling of this situation."

EARLIER 10.40AM:

A WIDE Bay Hospital and Health spokesman has confirmed just one room of the Hervey Bay Hospital has been evacuated after a suspected gas leak on Friday morning.

The cause for the suspected leak is yet to be confirmed by the spokesman.

More to come.

EARLIER 10.20AM:

HERVEY Bay Hospital has been evacuated due to a suspected gas leak.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to the hospital about 9.30am after reports of gas leaking. 

A QFES spokesman said gas could be smelt from one of the machines inside the hospital. 

When crews arrived on scene they were initially unable to find any evidence of a gas leak. 

An investigation revealed the gas was coming from a battery in a store room. 

It is unknown how long the hospital will be evacuated for at this stage. 

One fire crew is remaining on scene until engineers arrive. 



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