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Patients Transferred to Dublin Hospitals Following Major Fire

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Patients have been transferred to St Vincent's and the Mater in Dublin overnight following a major fire at Wexford General Hospital

A major emergency was declared at the site yesterday evening, after a section of the building went up in flames.

200 patients have had to be evacuated.

Members of the National Ambulance Service are being assisted by the Order of Malta and Lifeline Ambulance Service in transferring 207 patients from the Hospital.

In a statement, the Ireland East Hospital group said the process of transferring patients will take up to 24 hours. They have also been moved moved to  St.Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny and University Hospital Waterford.

A major emergency was declared at the site after the fire resulted in the building incurring major damage.

The hospital's accident and emergency department will remain closed until further notice, and all elective procedures and outpatient appointments scheduled for this week have been cancelled.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his shock regarding the fire, and paid tribute to emergency personnel.

"This terrible incident strikes to the heart of the community in Wexford and the broader region," he said.

"Fire crews and other emergency personnel have been fighting this major emergency for many hours. We pay tribute to their dedication and heroism.

"Our thoughts are also with the hundreds of patients who have had to be evacuated from the hospital, as well as their families, and the staff and management dealing with this unprecedented situation," he added.

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