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Hospital evacuated after reports of odor in emergency room – Atlanta Journal Constitution

EXETER, N.H.

Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire was evacuated Friday morning and extra ambulances were called in after reports of an odor in the emergency room, according to the local firefighters’ union.

New Hampshire One reports employees were asked to leave the hospital around 11:30 a.m. when police and other first responders were called.

The Exeter firefighters union tweeted crews were called to the scene for an “unknown odor” in the emergency room.

According to a spokesperson for the hospital, five staff members began showing symptoms like dizziness around 8:30 Friday morning.

The number of patients increased to about 20 as the morning went on and the emergency department and operating room were closed out an “abundance of caution,” Deb Vasapoli told Boston 25 News.

Officials say they have not been able to find the source of what is making people sick at the hospital. Some of the patients were transferred to other hospitals in the area.

According to Vasapoli, the only people affected by the symptoms were staff members and they were all from the operating room.

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Hospital eyes emergency room expansion – Republican Journal

By Ben Holbrook | Aug 12, 2017

Belfast Representatives from Waldo County General Hospital unveiled plans Aug. 9 to expand the emergency department and add new parking behind the Biscone Medical Building.

The 4,500-square-foot expansion will allow an increase in the number of available beds, to 15 from the current 10, and provide designated treatment rooms, Craig Piper, of SMRT Architects, said. Currently, the beds are screened with privacy curtains.

Of the 15 rooms that will be created, two are designated for trauma patients, two for behavioral health patients, one will serve as an isolation room and another for gynecology exams, Piper said.

Another elevator also will be installed to move patients from the ER to other areas of the hospital. Piper said the new elevator will provide more privacy for patients because they wont have to use the public elevators closer to the main entrance of the hospital.

The expansion will eliminate 24 parking spaces in front of the hospital, and an existing two-way entrance and exit from Fahy Street will be changed to a one-way entrance, Piper said.

Hospital representatives said the expansion is not being done because the hospital expects an increase in the number of patients being treated. Rather, the project will bring the emergency department into line with current hospital standards and provide better care for the existing patient population.

In conjunction with the expansion, the hospital seeks to add 70 parking spaces behind Biscone Medical Building. The spaces primarily will be used for employee parking but will also be available to the public.

Before any work can begin, the hospital must obtain permits from Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers. Piper said it typically takes about three months to obtain those permits and hospital officials are hopeful work will begin by November. However, any delays in receiving permits or inclement weather could push back the construction start date.

In that event, the expansion and parking lot work would likely not begin until the spring.

No comments for or against the project were offered during a brief public hearing. City Planner Wayne Marshall noted the city did not receive any comments about the proposed work before Wednesdays review.

Planning Board members were largely in favor of the plans presented, but some members did request additional information detailing pedestrian traffic flow.

The Board accepted the preliminary plan as complete and hospital officials said they anticipate presenting a finalized plan in September.

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