Fire service makes 62 call-outs to hospital with no patients
It is suspected that dust in the limestone building is tripping the alarm system
The fire service has been called out on false alarms at least 62 times in the past 12 months to a Killarney hospital which no longer has patients, but provides accommodation for a GP out-of-hours service.
It is suspected that dust in the limestone building is tripping the alarm system and causing the false alarms.
The 19th-century Gothic-style St Finan’s Hospital overlooks Killarney. Its last ward, St Peter’s, closed a year ago. A small number of patients are housed in newer buildings on the grounds. St Finan’s acts as the headquarters of the GP out-of-hours service, South Doc.
The HSE said it was waiting to completely vacate the building. “Wards and units have been closed on a phased basis with appropriate, alternative accommodation provided for the residents,” it said.